Loss Of Innocence In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Among the occurrence of numerous thematic elements in William Golding’s Lord of The Flies, some of the most memorable ones focuses on the loss of innocence. With this in mind, one can easily see parallelisms between the novel and Kazuhiro’s paintings. Kazuhiro is a Japanese painter whose artworks often depict high school girls with soft, gentle objects such as toys, cakes or flowers that are strongly contrasted by a touch of violence and distortion. Kazuhiro states in an interview that he chooses to feature schoolgirls in sailor suits as it successfully “express[es] purity, youth and cheerfulness. [However], it gives the element which receives an attack in many cases rather than estimated that it is individual that it is conspicuous by their community. In Japan where such peculiar human relations exist, the sailor suit can serve as a very symbolic motif.” Therefore, his works very much focuses on the forced loss of innocence as a result of time and society. Similarly, in Lord of the Flies, the boys in the island undergoes the same process, thus mirrors the theme of loss of innocence. During one of the boys’ meetings, Piggy emphasizes: “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English”(Golding 42). Though the boys initially attempt to model the structures in their homeland of England by establishing rules and orders, by the end, Ralph is “[weeping] for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the
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