q2finalsummative-elizabeth Essay Conscience Guilt (Emotion)

English 1H ; Period 3
9 January 2015
Humans are Inherently Good
In the Bible, Adam and Eve were created without Original sin; they were innocent and
 pure. Adam and Eve only committed sin because of temptation. A topic of debate has been
whether humans are inherently good or evil. In the novel,
The Lord of the Flies,
William Golding
tells the story of a group of schoolboys who are alone on an island after a plane crash. These
 boys must fight their desires and focus on survival. Although some may believe that humans are
evil, the opposite is true; human beings are inherently good because of their ability to feel guilt,
desire to help and fix things, and self sacrifice.
To better understand this position, humans are inherently good because of their
conscience and ability to feel guilt. In the novel,
The Lord of the Flies
 by William Golding, the
text points out, “
..Maurice still felt the unease of wrong-doing. At the back of his mind formed
the uncertain outlines of an excuse” (Golding 60). This example shows the reader that after
destroying sandcastles and kicking up dirt into a littlun’s face, Maurice knew he was wrong and
felt guilty.
The evidence suggests that while humans can choose to do evil, their conscience will
make them feel guilty, make them realize they are wrong and help them make better choices.
Maurice is still civil and good on the inside before being influenced by Roger to be mean.
Furthermore, in the short story, “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty, the author reveals, “The
sniper looked at his enemy falling and he shuddered. The lust of battle died in him. He became
 bitten by remorse” (O’Flaherty 214). By looking at this example, readers can see that the sniper
regretted his decision of killing the opposing sniper. The author uses the word ‘remorse’ to