"Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm." In the novel, Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, many themes take place. One of the most evident themes is loss of innocence. The boys' survival instincts turn the boys into savage beings. At the beginning of the novel the boys are happy to be on such a beautiful island without parents and adults. Later on in the novel, the boys become controlling and cruel. They turn against each other causing deaths and confusion. Many symbols are represented throughout the novel that represent each boy with innocence. Ralph and Jack are very different kids. At the end of the novel all of them begin to think they will never be saved.
At the beginning of the novel all the kids act as a community. "'We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything." When the boys arrive on the island, they are excited because no adults are around. They decide to choose a leader and the boys choose Ralph. Ralph keeps everybody busy. Nobody is fighting and everyone is happy. For example, they have a group of boys for an each different chore. Like building the shelters, lighting the signal fire, and finding food. Also, Ralph calls the meetings discussing what they need to do in the future while on the island.