Ralph's Loss Of Innocence In Lord Of The Flies

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What Seemed to be Recess In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a group of English school boys become stranded on an island that appears to be happy hunting grounds. The boys, acting on their first instinct, create a microcosm to model the society they have been so used to seeing. However, Golding emphasizes that savagery and evil exist in everyone and that the defects of the society on the island come from the defects in the boy’s character. Ralph, the protagonist of the novel, loses his innocence as a result of the primitive society on the island. Ralph is introduced as an optimistic boy. However, Ralph gradually matures by understanding the difficulties of surviving on a deserted island, labeling Simon’s death as murder, and comprehending his loss of innocence. Upon arrival to the island, Ralph is very idealistic on his viewpoint to his situation. When Ralph first meets Piggy, he and Piggy play together as if nothing is wrong — “Ralph danced out into the hot air of the beach and then returned as a fighter-plane…and machine-gunned Piggy” (11). In this situation, Ralph has just…show more content…
A passing naval ship sends officers ashore to investigate the blaze Jack sets in order to try to kill Ralph. Even though Ralph is getting what he sought out for so long, “[he] wept for the end of innocence” (202). Perhaps this moment shows that Ralph understands that everything is not always as sweet as it may seem. Despite the fact that the boys are finally being rescued, Ralph realizes that he will never be the same. Ralph is no longer the young, innocent boy he was when he arrived on the island. In addition, “Ralph [also] wept for […] the darkness of a man’s heart” (202). Assuredly, a complete change has occurred in Ralph. Ralph is able to see a perspective on himself and everyone else that he was not able to identify before — everyone is naturally
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