Lord of the Flies Analysis

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        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. As the novel progresses their innocence recedes. The rules they have are essential to keep their society civilized. Even in the beginning their loss is foreshadowed by the quarrel between Jack and Ralph. With Jack’s loss, he becomes a hunter that is obsessed with the hunt. The first pig caught could not be killed, because they would not handle the unbearable blood. That does not stop Jack’s lust for blood, they want meat and he tells them, “ we want meat.” Their savagery enters a new level with their first kill. The pig that is caught is tortured and after it ceases to exist, the blood is massaged onto their bodies. Their actions are no longer considered to be standard.

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        Jack symbolizes the great evil in this book and what it conceives. He show how innocence is thrown away through the creation of the mask. When Jack creates the mask,

“ he looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger. 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 ...

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