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"Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law."

Which of the following offers the best explanation of how the passage above illustrates the theme of human nature in Lord of the Flies?


The quotation shows the overwhelming power that institutions like governments and schools hold over children through Roger's inability to throw stones at Henry.


The quotation illustrates the power of the evil within each and every human being through Roger's willingness to throw stones at poor, defenseless little Henry.


The quotation demonstrates that, like Henry, each of us lives in constant danger of being attacked by those we believe are close to us; it reveals man's inner evil.


The quotation reveals both the propensity for all people to do evil and the ability of civilizing institutions to contain this inner darkness through Roger's reluctance, even after time away from society, to throw stones at Henry.


The quotation shows the innocence and naivete of Henry, who represents all youth. Ultimately, this suggests that we are all better off when we listen to and learn from our elders.

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