Golding once said that " Man produces evil as a bee produces honey." To what extent those words are depicted in Lord of the Flies.
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In many ways Golding's novl reflects mans' essential illness. There are lessons like the boys' needing to develop empathy, responsibility, respect and maturity. I think, however, Golding wanted to show us that man is essentially defective to begin with. This is why he uses children. They develop to their natural instincts which happens to be more evil than good. If anything Golding is reminding us that mankind needs to learn to be good, evil is instinctual. I think Golding puts it best when Simon imagines the beast as being human, "at once heroic and sick."