Lord of the Flies Analysis

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Omaka English II Pre-AP, 7th Sep 27, 2014 The Loss of Innocence in Man Annie Lennox says, “Humankind seems to have an enormous capacity for savagery, for brutality, for lack of empathy, for lack of compassion.” Lennox is referring to the covert animalistic, impulsive nature that lives in all humans. This statement reigns true for all age groups as an inherent reminder of human’s instinctive sense for cruelty. No matter how tame or how civilized, ranging from boys to men, evil lives within the heart of everyone. Therefore, in the novel Lord of The Flies, William Golding expresses the facial paint, rocks, and pigs as a symbolic representation of the lust for violence and how this internal instinct of savagery, if allowed to flourish, can lead to the decline of innocence in those who are affected. The theme of the loss of innocence is first exhibited when the boys in the novel are encountered with the task of killing a pig and they begin to paint their faces to keep themselves hidden from their prey. The pig’s ultimate symbolism begins to show from this moment onwards in the novel. As they attempt to capture the pig, they are apprehensive when it comes to killing the pig, but as they build courage they also begin feeding their irrepressible, barbaric nature. As they finally seize their first pig, they introduce their incantation, “Kill the pig[…] Cut her throat […] Spill her blood”, which is in essence blood thirsty and terrifying.(Golding 69) Though he chant may have been born out of their frustration of constantly being eluded by the swine and finally being successful, as time goes on the chant becomes more of tradition when they take an animal’s life. Eventually, everyone begins to indulge in this vicious call for murder. Further into the story, there are more evident signs that the group is slowly descending into violence. Roger, a rather
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