Lord of the Flies Essay

285 WordsJan 3, 20142 Pages
Lord of the Flies There can be a lot of themes for the novel Lord of the Flies. One is The Loss of Innocence. At the end of Lord of the Flies, Ralph weeps "for the end of innocence" . When the boys are first deserted on the island, they behave like children, alternating between enjoying their freedom and expressing homesickness and fear. By the end of the novel, however, they mirror the warlike behavior of the adults of their Home Countries: they attack, torture, and even murder one another without hesitation or regret. The forest glade that Simon retreats to in Chapter Three is another example of how the boys' loss of innocence is registered on the natural landscape of the island. Simon first appreciates the clearing as peaceful and beautiful, but when he returns, he finds The Lord of the Flies pierced at its center, a powerful symbol of how the innocence of childhood has been corrupted by fear and savagery. Even the most sympathetic boys develop traces, and falls from innocence (a journey into maturity). When Ralph is first introduced, he is acting like a child, splashing in the water, mocking Piggy, and laughing. He tells Piggy that he is certain that his father, a naval commander, will rescue him, a conviction that the reader understands as the wishful thinking of a little boy. Ralph repeats his belief in their rescue throughout the novel, shifting his hope that his own father will discover them .By the end of the novel, he has lost hope in the boys' rescue altogether. The progression of Ralph's character from fame to bleak realism expresses the extent to which life on the island has erased his

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