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The loss of Innocence in Lord of the flies
Transcript of The loss of Innocence in Lord of the flies
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding when the boys are taken away from the influence of society they lose their innocence and revert to darker more primitive ways to achieve power such as murder.
"the mask compelled them"
Jack paints his face with war colors which conceal him and help him to act like a savage. This war paint compels the boys to do things that they normally would never do and lose there innocence as it compels them to kill.
Killing the first pig shows progression in the boys and details how they are starting to lose the innocence they used to have. When they first come to the island Jack can not kill a pig but as the hold society had on him fades his innocence is lost and he is able to kill the pig and even en joy's it.After the first kill the ease in which the boy's are able to kill steadily increases.
The deaths of
Piggy and Simon
"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy" (Golding 202)
The Loss of Innocence
The killing of the first pig
When they boys are able to kill people this shows the ultimate loss of all innocence and display's how they have become savage and lack all order and conscience that civilization use to provide them.
Simon is seen as a Christ like figure in
Lord of the Flies.
Therefore his murder can be related to biblical times when Jesus was crucified because of Man's sins and their lack of innocence. Jesus had knowledge and insight into the truth of man just like Simon did. The boys kill him because they fear his insight and knowledge just like the men from the time of Jesus. This biblical story relates to the boy's lose of innocence because they killed someone who symbolizes goodness and innocence. Therefore the death of Simon symbolizes the death of innocence.
The narrator describes Jack's thoughts of killing the pig: "They had outwitted a living thing
imposed their will upon it, taken away it's life like a long satisfying drink"
When the boy's no longer have the structure of society their innocence is all but forgotten. They act cruel and solve problems through death and destruction. Order and law are overrun by chaos and savagery. All hope of ever regaining their innocence and ignorance to the nature of man is impossible.
Overall Golding makes man
kind seem seem destructive, and corrupt and without the help of society even very young boys will give up their innocence to the horrible desires of their nature.