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Lord of the Flies Analysis

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Introduction

When a group of British boys arrive on a lonely island, a scar is left. The scar foreshadows savagery and evil, that is revealed through the action of the boys. The protagonist Ralph, and antagonist Jack, do not get along and eventually part ways. The evil in the dances and savagery of the hunt, depict their loss as good little boys. Their loss introduces them to unforgivable acts of violence and murder. In Golding's book, Lord of the Flies, loss of innocence is seen clearly in the aftermath of the breakdown of civilization and through the actions the boys make. When the boys first realize their island is grown-up free, they behave like any normal child would. They take advantage of the glorious scenery and delicious fruit that is present there. All the boys behave like a civilized society and follow the rules that apply to them. All of them speak when holding the conch and keep the fire going in order to be rescued. ...read more.

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He spilt the water and leapt to his feet, laughing excitedly. Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them." Jack show his loss of innocence here, because he turns into a totally different person. The mask serves as a tool to take blame for what is committed by the owner. Many segments of the novel are understood only through Simon's thoughts. The disintegration of civilization is first noticed when Simon says, "there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick." He was thinking that when the beast had entered his mind. What the boys don't know about the beast, is that the beast is really themselves. A beast is defined as a cruelly rapacious person. That is quite ironic, because that is what the boys really are. No ordinary person would brutalize a pig and give its head as an offering. ...read more.

Conclusion

If the theme was missed, it was restated at the end of the novel. The boys started to look like they weren't menacing when Ralph, " wept for the end of innocence." He realizes that his innocence was lost and began to sob. They were all guilty of it, because all participated in killing Simon and all coped the same way by crying on the seashore. f all the irony, the most understood occurs at the end when they are rescued. The officer that saves them talks about why their behavior was so awful, not knowing that his own behavior is the same in the war. The scene that lay behind him had a, " cutter... her bows in stern-sheets another rating held a sub-machine gun." This shows the end of their lost innocence and what is being portrayed here is that Golding wants people to also lose their innocence by showing that there is violence and war in the world. Look at the world now, there is hate, war, famine, etc. All this theme was trying to do, was to make the readers realize what terrible acts they committed throughout history. ...read more.

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