William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies Essay

809 Words Oct 29th, 2015 4 Pages
When something pivotal happens to someone, their attitude and way of thinking change devastatingly. Although these boys may only be 6-12, they go through the same things that anyone would undergo. This loss of innocence causes people to act in ways contrary to their typical self. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses the characterization of the boys to illustrate how people lose their innocence when going through a traumatic event. The littluns might just be elementary age boys, but they lose their innocence and show a true savage side, as seen throughout the book. The littluns start out as innocent little school boys, but by the end of the book they’ll have gone all out savage. “…Now you been and set the whole island on fire” said Ralph (Page 37). As shown in this quote, the littluns get way too excited with the new technological advancement of fire, and burn down half of the island. As this happens, they realize that they will not get punished by anyone for their actions now, and realize that they can do whatever they want, without any consequences. You can see the changes between the boys in many different ways. In the beginning, the boys stay on the beach and build their own little sandcastles; but towards the end, the stay near Castle Rock, and end up partially responsible for the murder of Simon. Also, in the beginning the elect Ralph as chief, just because he has the conch, but in the end they follow under Jack’s wing, because they see that he is…

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