Theme Of Innocence In Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the flies is a very interesting book with many different themes incorporated into the story. One of the major themes that stand out in the novel is the loss of innocence. With a group of boys six through twelve years old the theme shows all throughout the novel and is portrayed very smoothly as the story progresses. While trapped on the island the boys slowly lose their innocence and grow up more quickly than a normal boy. The end of innocence is shown in our natural lives, but at a much more humane rate. The boys on the island found that they had to take care of themselves. They had no adult authority to teach them and guide them to a mature innocence. A mature innocence is slowly growing up to have an adult knowledge of the world in a civilized society. In a common society the parents take care of the children, on…show more content…
At first it is a wonderful place full of life and beauty until the plane from the human world crashes and ruins that untouched beauty. The purity of the island has been lost forever because of the destruction and evil of men. The pig head on the stick represents the evil that is hidden away in all of us, waiting to be unleashed. “The head remained there, dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth” (pg.137). This detailed description really shows how much of jack’s group has lost their innocence. The evil inside them has infiltrated their mind and they no longer follow the civilization they once followed. After all these events taking place the hunters and the group lose much of their purity when they kill the pig and Jack and Roger even enjoy the screaming death and pain they caused towards it. What once turned from eating fruit from the “garden of Eden” turned to the pleasure of hunting wild, living organisms. Killing has been a natural human nature, but when Roger and Jack to pleasure in the pain of the pig you can tell they have abandoned
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