Lord of the Flies Loss of Innocence
Have you ever heard the statement, ¨Everyone? true colors show eventually¨? Well in the novel Lord of the Flies, author William Golding supports this statement by showing how the boys show their true colors as the story progresses. Throughout the novel these seemingly innocent schoolboys evolve into bloodthirsty savages as the evil within them emerges. The novel follows the theme that the evil in man always reveals itself. Golding shows many examples of this theme in the novel such as: Simon? murder scene, Piggy? death, and Jack starting the fire to kill Ralph.
In the beginning of the story all the boys seem harmless but that sadly doesn’t last very long. The first big evil event that happened was Simon’s death scene. Simon was different from the other boys on the island. He was the only one who saw the island as a good place. He actually realized that there was no evil on the island, only in the boys. But The boys lost all control of themselves and murdered innocent Simon without even realizing. They were all too focused on hunting and killing the “beast” that they didn’t care what they were killing. The boys were just feeding off the exhilarating feeling of finally killing something. They viciously chanted, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his Blood! Do him in!” (152). Evil overcame all their minds, but this was just the beginning of these thoughts.
Internal evil also revealed itself later on in the novel when Roger caused Piggy’s death. This scene was foreshadowed earlier on in the story when Roger was throwing rocks at the littleuns but he purposely didn’t hit them, because he knew it wasn’t right. But as the story progressed Roger becomes Jacks sidekick and his internal evil begins to reveal itself. Golding said, “Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen stones.” (60) This shows that Roger is trying to destroy anything that is good on the island. At first Piggy’s death may have seemed like an accident to some but Golding wrote, “Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever” (180), proving that this was not an accident. Roger’s inner evil overcame him and he intentionally pushed that lever, he knew exactly what he was doing.
And the final example of the evil revealing itself is when Jack purposely started a fire to try and kill Ralph. Ironically this fire ended up leading to their rescue. But that’s not what Jack intended the fire to do when he started it. The only thing Jack understands is the need to hunt and he is so focused on hunting Ralph that he didn’t realize that lighting this fire could have caused many other problems on the island for them if they hadn’t gotten rescued. For example, Jack yelled, “A fire! Make a fire!…Come on! Follow me!” (38) Instead of working together with the boys to survive, Jack was so determined to have power that he did many evil things throughout the novel that people wouldn’t normally do. After Piggy is killed, Jack said, “See? See? That’s what you’ll get! I meant that! There isn’t a tribe for you anymore! The conch is gone…I’m chief!” (181) This quote displays that Jack has no sympathy for Piggy when he is killed. He let his inner evil show and hurt many others because of his desire for meat and power.
In conclusion, this novel helps to prove that the evil in man always reveals itself at some point. The beast in the novel is not a real thing, it’s really a symbol of the evil and beast like qualities in the boys. As the boys became more destructive, their belief in the beast grew stronger. Simon? murder scene, Piggy? death, and Jack starting the fire to kill Ralph are only a few of the many good examples of this theme in the story. These examples help to prove that all individuals have the capability to commit evil acts in extreme situations, such as being stranded on an island with no adults. But how do people lose their innocence? Is it sparked by one event or something bigger?