A Loss of Innocence Essay

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D.H Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies view children as easily manipulated figures. D.H. Lawrence’s short story demonstrates how easily children, Paul, can be influenced into believing that money and luck indicate one’s level of happiness. William Golding’s novel tries to show that all children are evil and have savage impulses. A common theme in both of these works is that children create their own downfall and loss of innocence.

In D.H. Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner, Paul is searching for an identity and love. Paul’s mother was incapable of love; “when her children were present, she always felt the centre of her heart go hard.” Paul’s mother desires materialistic possessions and excludes
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After Paul had given his mother five thousand pounds for her birthday the echoes in the house grew. His mother’s expression did not change when she saw she had been given money. At this point, Paul realized he would forever be in debt to his mother and her nonexistent love for him. With each race he won, the echoes only continued to grow. Paul had created his own downfall because he fed into the house’s haunting words. He was easily manipulated into believing that having money was the only way to be happy. Paul’s mother viewed him as a burden and could not find a way to love him. As a result, he could not keep up with the lavish lifestyle and took his own life by surging madly to find more money. This short story indicates that adults heavily influence the thoughts and feelings children acquire at a young age.

In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies children are represented as humans that are inclined to be evil. In the beginning of the novel the characters are innocent and pure. The boys try to recreate a normal society by electing a leader and delegating people to do chores such as build camps or hunt. Golding is looking to show readers that in the society there are rules to conform to and there are adults present to make sure those behaviors are implemented. Initially, the boys stick to this norm and behave identical to civilized human beings.

Overtime, the true nature of instinctive violence overcomes the boys on the island. The

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