Loss of Innocence

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Loss of innocence

In every child’s life, there is a certain time in their life when they lose their innocence. Young or old, it is inevitable when it will happen. In William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies”, he conveys the idea of how the group of boys slowly begins to lose their innocence and resort to savage, inhuman living conditions. Ralph fights for a community, a way that they can all live in harmony yet have a civilized structure in their society. On the contrary, Jack leads the group of hunters. He begins to manipulate them into thinking that killing and hunting is all that is necessary. Over the duration of the novel the boys slowly transform from fun loving children into menacing killers.

As the story departs the boys attempt to establish a civilization, while playing carefree. Slowly they become hungry, and deprived from the outside world. They gather and decide that a certain few will go hunt while others build shelter and tend to the fire. Ralph at this point is shown as the leader and guides others into their places. “We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.” While hunting, it is shown that Ralph could come to kill a small boar. He remained innocent and his morals and innocence still prevented him from doing so. Later on the day, the hunters kill a small pig and bring it back cheerfully and wildly happy. This was the hunter’s first taste of blood which leads to them losing their innocence. "He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling." The boys soon realize hunting is their only way of sufficient way for food. “Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” While they began dancing, Simon went into the forest and went looking. At first, Simon appreciates the clearing as peaceful and beautiful, but when he returns, he finds The Lord of the Flies impaled at its center, a powerful symbol of how the innocence of childhood has been...
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