Lord Of The Flies Loss Of Innocence Analysis

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A world war takes place as a group of boys get stranded on an island. As the boys try to escape the war, it follows them onto the island in the form of a never ending conflict with how to survive. As the boys become engaged in this war they lose their innocence. In the Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, loss of innocence plays a big role in the outcome of the book. Loss of innocence is ultimately what leads to the war which takes place on the once “good island” (Golding 34). In the Lord of the Flies the boys lose their innocence in exchange for savagery or for maturity because of the attitudes towards killing animals and people. Ralph and Piggy lose their innocence and transform into mature people because they oppose killing people and do not enjoy killing animals. While Jack and his hunters are out hunting Ralph and Piggy focus on the more important things such as shelters and the fire. Jack and his hunters are also supposed to keep the fire going but they continuously forget. One of the times Jack lets the fire go out a ship comes by. Ralph is enraged that Jack didn’t keep the fire going. Piggy is enraged as well. Piggy yells “You and your blood, Jack Merridew! You and your hunting! We might have gone home--” (Golding 76). Piggy and Ralph don’t care about the hunting, they would rather have Jack and his hunters keep the fire going so that they could get home. This is important because it keeps them from…show more content…
Loss of innocence plays a big role in the outcome of the book. Jack, on one hand, turns savage because he enjoys killing. Ralph, on the other hand, turns mature because he doesn’t like killing. The boys lose their innocence in two basic ways, being engulfed in a horror or being a witness of a horror. In this case Jack is engulfed in the horror of killing and Ralph is a witness of
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