Innocence In Lord Of The Flies, By William Golding

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The themes of a book are the basis and the foundation of which every story is created. Lord of the Flies by William Golding is no different than any other book. The themes implemented into the marvelous creation of Lord of the Flies were deviously thought of and applied to make the story what it is now; a timeless classic that is known worldwide to many. There were many themes in Lord of the Flies that contributed to the plot in many different ways, but a main theme was loss of innocence. As Hemingway, a famous novelist once said “All things wicked start from innocence.” (Hemingway) These themes are backed up with many different quotes throughout the book starting from when they arrived to the island to when the naval officer came to the island of boys.…show more content…
Although this may be true in the beginning, some children become more and more violent while lashing out at random people as time moves on in the inhospitable conditions of the island. In the beginning, the boys were astounded by the smallest things and had the hope of coming home high in their hearts. Simon convinced Ralph saying, “'You'll get back to where you came from.'” (Golding, 111). Their innocence shines threw in this specific scene of the book. Although they had their innocence, it all melted away when Simon and Ralph both realized how corrupt mankind really is. Golding states in the book Lord of the Flies “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart…”(Golding, 225) and “However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick.” (Golding, 103). These two quotes show the characters’ perspective towards themselves and as humans as a

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