Lord of the Flies
(for the Prosecution)
Violence with intent to commit murder against innocent children brings us to this courtroom today. Many would argue that man is inherently good; that concern for others and compassion drive the human spirit. It is not until man is pressured with dire circumstances or with unrelenting temptation that the evil lurking within comes to the surface. Well, that would be true if we lived in a perfect world. Humans are actually born with two sides: one that is good, the other evil. The struggle of these innate qualities within each of us is a choice rather than a result imposed upon us by circumstance. Two young boys, Simon and Piggy, who tried to do good amid a group of boys who chose to allow their evil sides to dominate them, are dead. As stated by renowned Scottish novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson, “In each of us, two natures are at war – the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose – what we want most to be we are.” This is the premise for the prosecution’s case in “The Crown vs. The Boys on the Island.” Innate evil and goodness lies within all humans, and one over the other is a choice, not an infliction.
Humans have a monster inside of them, and sometimes the monster takes over, spreading evil and wiping out what is good. The conflict between good and evil is a core part of the ancient Zoroastrian faith. It is also one of the most commonly applied themes in literature, and is sometimes considered to be a universal part of the human condition. There are several variations on this conflict, one being the battle between individuals or ideologies, with one side good, the other evil. Another variation is the internal struggle of characters between their own good and evil. Poor Simon had no monster inside of him, as did the boys who killed him. His qualities and intentions were pure, passive and prophetic. He was...