Summary Of ' His Loss Of Innocence ' Essay

1431 Words Oct 29th, 2015 6 Pages
While not apparent, Golding subtly includes the suffering of Jack as he loses his innocence, descending from the leader of a choir group to the tyrannical chief of savages. Jack’s innocence is clearly displayed throughout the earlier chapters of the novel. Throughout the novel, his loss of innocence is highlighted in three main ways: his treatment of the pigs on the island, his physical appearance, and his hatred for Ralph, all which display suffering as an effect. By examining his treatment of pigs, a clear distinction can be seen by juxtaposing his behavior at the beginning and later sections of the novel. When venturing in the forest for the first time with Ralph and Simon, Jack could not kill the piglet; the narrator attributed his inability to kill to the “enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood” (23). The guilt and horror that would come with the kill proves to be too much for Jack; he is innocent in that he has never killed before. The progression of Jack’s cruelty towards the pigs begins with his first kill; this first kill also displays Jack’s internal suffering. Following the kill, Jack brags that he cut the pig’s throat. With his brag, however, he also twitches his hand, evidence of the suffering of Jack. Still remembering society, which has conditioned him to avoid killing, his hand’s twitch serves as a physical manifestation of the cry of suffering from his conscience. As his first kill, this event serves…

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