Lord of the Flies Critical Essay Outline

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I. Introduction
A. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart…” B. Throughout Golding’s novel the boys become less childish and foolish as they are faced with difficult decisions for survival. C. The Lord of the Flies

D. William Golding
E. Throughout the novel Golding shows how the loss of innocence and power of fear can cause people to act in ways that are socially unacceptable. II. Body Paragraph I Topic
A. The loss of innocence expressed leads to the boys leaving behind their civilized ways of life. i. “When trying to repel his own horrified inhibition against cutting into living flesh, even a pig’s…” ii. This shows how the boys are innocent in the beginning of the novel, and helps contrast their innocence at the end of the book. iii. “The shift of view point from child to man only drives home what we learned among the children, the things Ralph wept for, ‘the loss of innocence…’” iv. This displays how much the loss of innocence affected the boys. v. “…even the delinquent Roger is at first retrained by the taboos of ‘parents and school and the law.’ Strip these away and even Ralph might be a hunter…” vi. This supports how the boy’s loss of innocence leads to savagery. III. Body Paragraph II Topic

A. The strength of fear leads to the boys acting in ways they typically wouldn’t. i. “The smaller boys are frightened of their own nightmares of the island, and presently Jack admits that ‘in the forest…when you’re on your own…you can feel as if you’re not hunting but being hunted; as if something is behind you all the time in the jungle’.” ii. This quote displays how the boys are basically freaking themselves out to believe there is something within the jungle waiting for them. iii. “they kill feely, have hunting rituals, and project their own evil onto the forest. They are frightened of the air where there is nothing.” iv. This shows how they have adjusted to coping with the fear they have created...
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