Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Other than Ralph, who are two other characters that lose their innocence in the novel Lord of the Flies, and what are some examples to prove it?

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One could argue that Piggy loses his innocence when he participates in the crazy dancing ritual that precipitates the brutal murder of Simon. Piggy didn't mean any harm to Simon; he just caught up in the moment. But he shares some of the responsibility for his horrific slaughter all the same and has lost his innocence into the bargain.

This comes as something of a shock. Piggy had always previously been the voice of reason on the island, the boy whose unerring common sense stood as a stark contrast to the atavistic savagery of most of the others. And yet even he too has a dark side, as we discover when he behaves just as crazily as the other boys as they act out their murderous ritual.

Up until that point, Piggy could say, hand on heart, that he wasn't like the other boys and that he had no interest in going along with their savage little games. He always stood apart from them and was vilified for it. But after Simon is killed, the whole situation has changed completely. Piggy too has given...

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