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 in to his inner beast—a beast that, as the late Simon recognized, lurks deep within the soul of each and every one of us.

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All of the characters in Lord of the Flies, except for the naval officer who arrives at the end, lost their innocence to some extent. This process is cut off for Simon and Piggy, the two boys who die. Ralph gains the maturity to save his own life, at least long enough to be rescued. For the other boys, the loss of innocence is closely associated with their transition to becoming killers, first of animals and then of human beings. While Simon’s death is accidental, the group of boys functions as a single entity in murdering Piggy. Further, they are all complicit in hunting Ralph with the intention of killing him as well.

Two characters who stand out in this process are the twins, Sam and Eric. Part of their uniqueness in being twins is that the loss of identity includes loss of their individual identities. Their merging into a single person conceptually, Samneric, rather than two distinct boys represents the melding of all the boys into a single collectivity. Samneric are not part of the first hunting party because they fear the forest, but they are envious of the hunters and tempted by the thought of meat.

Samneric took the conch.

"That must be fun like Bill says—and as he's invited us—"

"—to a feast—"



"—I could do with some meat—"

When they leave with Bill, Ralph understands both the attraction and the falseness. He knows they went for meat,

"And for hunting," said Ralph, wisely, "and for pretending to be a tribe, and putting on war-paint."

The twins later insist they left early from the dance when Simon died, and for a while, they continue to resist cooptation into the group of killers. When they prepare to go with Ralph to retrieve Piggy’s stolen glasses, they express concern over the other boys’ paint. The destruction of Ralph’s leadership is symbolized when the painted boys imprison the twins, who protest in civilized British terms.

Samneric protested out of the heart of civilization.

"Oh, I say!"


Poking them in the ribs with a spear, Jack insists they join the tribe. Ralph has no choice but to leave them with the tribe and try to plan another attack. From below, as he hears the whole tribe chanting “Kill the beast,” he had to face reality.

Ralph ... accepted this new fact like a wound. Samneric were part of the tribe now. They were guarding the Castle Rock against him. There was no chance of rescuing them and building up an outlaw tribe at the other end of the island. Samneric were savages like the rest.

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Aside from Ralph, the characters of Maurice and Roger also lose their innocence throughout the novel Lord of the Flies. At the beginning of the novel Maurice is portrayed as a funny, helpful boy. In Chapter 2, Maurice helps the boys gather driftwood for the fire, and in Chapter 5 he makes the boys laugh to cheer them up towards the end of a depressing meeting. Roger is also viewed as a helpful, positive character at the beginning of the novel. In Chapter 1, Roger is the first to suggest that the boys choose their leader via a vote, and in Chapter 2 he also partakes in gathering driftwood for the signal fire. The boys' behavior is innocent because they are acting civilly and have not yet partaken in savage acts.

There are several critical moments throughout the novel that depict Maurice and Roger's decent into savagery and loss of innocence. In Chapter 4, Maurice and Roger are walking past the littluns building sandcastles on the beach, when Roger begins destroying the sandcastles. Maurice follows along and begins kicking down the sandcastles. Maurice "felt the unease at his wrongdoing" because in his old life he would have been chastised for ruining the boys' sandcastles. (Golding 60) Later on in Chapter 4, Roger begins to throw stones at Henry, but purposely misses. Roger purposely missing is significant because it depicts the remnants of civility still left in his memory, and his remaining innocence, which is waning.  

After joining Jack's savage group of hunters, Maurice becomes so involved that he suggest the boys use a drum for ceremoniously slaughtering pigs. In Chapter 10, Maurice has completely descended into barbarism, and he accompanies Jack and Roger to steal Piggy's glasses. Roger turns into a sadist by the end of the novel, and there are several scenes that portray his brutal behavior. In Chapter 8, Roger viciously stabs the pig up its rear and laughs about it, and in Chapter 11 Roger rolls a boulder, killing Piggy. Maurice and Roger's participation in savage acts and support for Jack's tyrannical leadership prove they have completely lost their innocence.

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