Loss Of Innocence In Lord Of The Flies Research Paper

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Lord of the Flies and Romeo and Juliet are two very well known books that we have read this year. Though the story lines are quite different, they have many similar motifs, one being the loss of innocence. Losing one's innocence can mean many things like going through something traumatizing and gaining ptsd, growing up and becoming an adult, getting into a relationship, or even making certain choices. The characters in both writing pieces lose their “innocence” in numerous ways, with the main ones being based on growing up and PTSD, loss (freedom, civilization, basic human rights) death, and the absence of parents. One reason the characters lost their innocence is the loss of freedom/civilization. In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet's father Lord Capulet …show more content…
Disobedient wretch. I tell thee what: get thee to church o’ Thursday, Or never after look me in the face. Speak not to the people. Reply not to the. Do not answer me.” Showing that Capulet is taking away her freedom. This is also evident in Lord of the Flies, where the boys climb up onto the mountain and learn they are all alone. Showing the loss of civilization, and modern technology, forcing the boys to grow up and learn to fend for themselves. “They had guessed before that this was an island: clambering among the pink rocks, with the sea on either side, and the crystal heights of air, they had known by some instinct that the sea lay on every side. But there seemed something more fitting in leaving the last word till they stood on the top, and could see a circular horizon of water. Ralph turned to the others. “This belongs to us." " At this point in the boys' lives, being alone is completely foreign to them and is a new/ terrifying experience with many losing sleep from pure terror. Another reason the characters lose their innocence is because of death, both murder and suicide. In Act 3 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet, a fight breaks out ending in Mercutio's death and after playing a role in his friend's demise Romeo seeks out Tybalt to get revenge and ends up killing