Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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What is the theme of freedom and loss of innocence in Lord of the Flies?

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The book is about a group of boys who end up stranded on a deserted island in the middle of a war when their plane crashes.  They have no adults, since the only adults die in the plane crash and no one knows where they are.  The theme of freedom and loss of innocence is explored by the boys’ reaction to their situation. 

The boys have to set up a little society on their island.  They begin by electing a leader.  They choose Ralph because he found a conch shell and blew it, bringing them all together.  This symbolic leadership is all they have.  

They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority; and partly because they enjoyed the entertainment of the assemblies. But otherwise they seldom bothered with the biguns and their passionately emotional and corporate life was their own. (Ch. 4) 


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