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To What Extent Do The Boys Appear Innocent In The First Two Chapters Of Lord Of The Flies?

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Richard Watts To What Extent Do The Boys Appear Innocent In The First Two Chapters Of Lord Of The Flies The boys in Lord of the flies appear innocent in the first two chapters because we can see their joy as they contemplate their situation and surroundings, they are, as most people would assume nearly perfect. However it is not until after the first two chapters that we soon discover that this delight is only a fa´┐Żade that disguises the true, aggressive nature of the boys. Although not to do with description in the first two chapters, this intentional purpose of Lord Of The Flies is to make us assume that the boys are innocent by positioning them in a setting similar to many previous romance novels such as A Coral Island, where the boys who are stranded on the island together in exactly the same situation, get along perfectly with minimal conflict between them. ...read more.

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we can see how Ralph takes off his clothes and stands naked on account of the heat, something that we can only associate with childlike innocence rather than intent to offend or cause harm. Golding also gives youthful and virtuous description to the looks of the children, one example of this in chapter one is where he describes Ralph 'there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil.' Physical description of the children is not the only detail of innocence that is evident through Golding's writing. We see too, through both their actions and their speech that they have not yet reached adolescence and are therefore seemingly unaware of the moral obligations of their actions. This too presents us with the question of whether the children are responsible for the downfall and mutinous society that they later develop into. ...read more.

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This particularly occurs when Jack is introduced into the story line and appears as a dictator over his choir, we know that he is a figure of dictatorship because of the loyalty to him from his choir and the obedience of them when Jack commands them. His barbarity and savageness is evident when he declares after his first failed hunting escapade that there would be no mercy. The savageness that he displays in this chapter develops throughout the book after the first two chapters and the power that he has over the choir or his band of hunters corrupts him. Perhaps it is Golding's intention for us not to discover that children have an original evil trait but to realise that perhaps power plays the corrupting factor among not only children but our society as a whole today. ...read more.

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