Concept of Loss in Lord of the Flies (Loss of innocence (Tribe and overall…
Concept of Loss in Lord of the Flies
Loss of innocence
Tribe and overall views and choices
“The boys drew back, and Jack stood up, holding out his hands. ‘Look.’ He giggled and flinked them while the boys laughed at his reeking palms” (149).
BOYS DO NOT CARE ABOUT BLOOD< GORE ETC
At the beginning of the novel, the boys were cautious and innocent, towards the middle they flip, not caring about violence and harm.
Simon realizing truth about the beast and what it really is
“Simon felt his knees smack the rock. He crawled forward and soon he understood. The tangle of lines showed him the mechanics of this parody; he examined the white nasal bones, the teeth, the colours of corruption” (162).
Simon understands beast is simply dead man, learns truth, loses innocence.
Jack and the Killing of Pigs
“The pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be. Then the piglet tore loose from the creepers and scurried into the undergrowth”.
JACK WAS SCARED TO KILL PIG.
“The boys drew back, and Jack stood up, holding out his hands. ‘Look.’ He giggled and flinked them while the boys laughed at his reeking palms”
JACK IS PROUD OF KILL
At beginning, Jack was scared to hurt or kill animal. Then he becomes obsessive about killing. All he wants to do is kill the pigs. He gets violent.
Loss of emotion and morality
Simon's violent death
“There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws” (169).
Boys do not feel anything towards this “beast” and do not think. Automatically attack, kill.
No moral compass or thought of consequences.
Use of Robert as pretend pig.
“Ralph, carried away by a sudden thick excitement, grabbed Eric’s spear and jabbed at Robert with it” (125). Ralph almost
no morals or comprehension at all.
“Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (125).
Ralph wants to kill, wants to hurt. Not appropriate thought process.
Boys at the beginning of the novel have morals, now right from wrong.This all changes after, multiple deaths and attacks without any regard for the wellbeing of others.
Roger and the murder of Piggy
“Roger took up a small stone and flung it between the twins, aiming to miss” (194).
Did not actually want to cause bodily harm
or death. Roger originally does not have any major signs of lack of morality.
“High overhead, Roger , with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned his weight on the lever” (200). Roger actually kills someone,
does not have much regard or guilt.
At beginning, Roger does not want to kill or hurt anyone. It is more of a playful teasing or bullying. This moves onto him killing Piggy in a violent manner however, and he does not hold many regrets.
Loss of individuality/identity
Roles in the choir automatically assigned to the boys, they do not speak up
“‘Jack’s in charge of the choir. They can be - what do you want them to be?’ ‘Hunters’” (19). Being assigned roles at beginning, automatically follow Jack,
do not speak up for themselves, they are not their own people
The choir boys do not have individuality in this sense, they just follow what is put out to them. They are not appreciated and identified as their own selves.
Jack uses faceprint, makes him feel powerful and not like himself.
“He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger” (66). Jack likes new “stranger”,
Jack uses the face paint to hide behind. He is not himself when he has the faceprint and a more violent aggressive side is shown. This is not his true identity.
The hunters and the "normal" tribe all morph into one being.
Constant chant “‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood” (168) when kill Simon. No one thinks for themself, all one “being” or body.
They all blend together in violence and aggression. The boys are not individuals anymore with their own quirks and talents.
They are one entire group
with the same habits and tendencies.