Innocence In Lord Of The Flies Essay

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There are events in our life that slowly chip our innocent nature away. Lord of the Flies sets up children in an environment to test this very question “Golding sets a group of children, who should supposedly be closest to a state of innocence, alone on an island without supervision.” (Themes and Construction: Lord of the Flies). These characters go through the natural events of life in a very barbaric manner. The unfeigned nature of these children slowly withers into the savage act of adults. In his novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses the change of characters to demonstrate how when a person sees the savagery of man, he often loses his own innocence.
Jack sees the savagery of himself and his hunters as they hunt the pigs. When he was first hunting the pig, he realized that he was not strong enough to take it down (23). He activated his own savage nature. It is like people are made with two halves, one being innocent and one savagery (Overview of Lord of the Flies). As he releases his savagery, his innocence side gets smaller and smaller. Jack sees himself and his hunters as just that, …show more content…

They start as the fire keepers and the hunters. At first they can’t do anything, they can’t hunt, and can’t feed each other. Until they see Jack hunt and kill a pig. “The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (Frank). The big kids soon ignore their responsibilities and just want to hunt, and their hunt turns into like a rape scene (136). “The ritual dance and game was meant to be a source of enjoyment and a subject of gaining experience but this also diminished the line that separated humans from animals. The hunters lost their ability to identify humanity and, during one such game, Simon was butted to death.” (Anjum). They also join in the act of the live man hunt against Ralph (171). They have lost all of their innocence in the act of this children’s

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