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Lord of the Flies Essay

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Savannah App

on 25 January 2013

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies Essay

Lord of the Flies Lost of Innocence Theme Loss of innocence represents how the boys are losing innocence when it comes to making a bad decision and doing something risky. One of the major themes in the novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, is loss of innocence that teaches readers how people can change when it comes to realizing what you are capable of. Thesis statement When the young boys began to realize that there are no real rules or adults, it makes them more curious with what they can do. Throwing rocks at the littluns, but missing on purpose because they know in real life, they would get in trouble with adults around. But as they get more comfortable in their environment, they begin to meaningfully aim the rocks closer to the boys. Loss of innocence contributes when the boys become aware of what they're capable of and what can be done. The amount power and mind changing abilities also comes from the loss of innocence. The boys become more laid back and creative with their acts. They make their own rules and decisions. Simon's murder is an example of the loss and innocence in the boys. The boys became more controlling with the events.When Piggy realized what had happened with Simon, he was very upset about the situation. f When Jack and his group fought/jumped Ralph and his group for Piggy's glasses is an example of their violent capabilities. This shows how much of Jack and his group's maturity and theory changed. They're no longer sweet, innocent, and inexperienced boys, they're being violent while causing chaos. The loss of innocence leads to the boys committing criminal acts and believing they know what they're doing. At the beginning of the book, everyone was their own person until things starting changing rapidly. From the start Jack wanted to be the leader but everyone agreed Ralph should. After some time, Jack became more of a argumentative character towards Ralph. He constantly disagreed with Ralph and got into arguments a lot. Although, Ralph was leader, Ralph was a pretty fair person and Jack's disagreements got irritating. The power that Ralph had irritated Jack, therefore; Jack wanted to have a reelection for leader.When Ralph won, Jack decided to stop following Ralph's rules and decided to go to Castle along with all the hunters that followed. After the groups split up, Jack basically manipulated and treated the boys unfairly in his group. Jack manipulated his group into thinking murder was okay, Simon was the beast, and that Ralph is a threat towards them. Although Jack took most of the group and basically excluded Ralph, Ralph knew that in order to be rescued, it would be the best decision to stay on the beach. Jack wasn't exactly thinking of the outcome with his decisions. Jack's goal all along was to get power and control everything. His theory made him uncivilized in the end. Jack became a savage like person who controlled, disrespected, and manipulated his group. Rodger also became a lot like Jack. He killed Piggy to basically show his savageness. In the long run, Jack was the main character that caused a lot of problems and manipulation. Throughout the book, the boys are scared but are continually becoming brave. Because the boys have no rules and no supervision, they push and push until something bad happens. They have no discipline and they continuously boss the littluns around. When Jack realizes that they're no adults or real rules, he takes advantage of it. He realizes that he doesn't have to take responsibility for his actions because hes in control. He killed Simon and got away with it. With that said, he's completely lost innocence and gained selfishness. When Ralph and Piggy got attacked by Jack and his group, it really showed how the boys will do anything to get what they want. The violence that happened was unnecessary and evil. Jack's plan to get Piggy's glasses was not something a young boy should plan. The motivation of the violence shows so much disrespect toward everyone. Its very sad how their civilization turned into such savageness. These boys really had to step up their braveness in order to survive. They had to take chances, take responsibility, and provide protection for themselves. In order to do that, they had to hunt and put themselves in a situation that is very dangerous. They killed a pig and chopped its head off to represent the Lord of the Flies. At such a young age, its shocking to see what these boys did. Conclusion This book involves lots of violence, criminal acts, maturity changes, savageness, civilization, and braveness. The characters in this book all become different. Some become evil and some become smart, civilized, and brave and some become dead. This book represents how much can change when they're no laws, no adults, and only young boys. All these boys lost their innocence while making undecidable decisions and doing risky things.
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