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What is loss of innocence? Loss of innocence is a experience when you learn and become aware of evil, pain and suffering in the world around you. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding and the article, “More Than 131 Killed in Taliban Attack on School” by Omar Waraich, both works of literature establish violence that leads to loss of innocence in many ways. In the Lord of the Flies, violence leads to a growing sense of losing one’s innocence.  For example, on page 69-70, it states, “Jack had too many things to tell Ralph at once. Instead, he danced a step or two, then remembered his dignity and stood still, grinning… “I cut the pig’s throat,” Jack said, proudly… “There was lashings of blood,” Jack, laughing and shuddering, “you should have seen it!”…There was a ship. Out there. You said you’d keep the fire going and you let it out!… They might have seen us. We might have gone home-“” This quote displays the symbolism of fire. The fire is their only hope for survival. They hope that if they keep the fire going, they would be rescued in no time. However, that changes when Jack let out the fire when he got too excited about killing his first pig. He doesn’t seem to realize that he had ruined the chance for them to be rescued.. Killing the pig shows the progression in how he started to lose the innocence he used to have. When they first came to the island, Jack could not kill a pig but as his thoughts only went towards hunting, his innocence fades away and his determination increases causing him to kill the pig and even enjoying it. After the first kill, the ease, in which the boys are able to kill, steadily increase. Additionally, on page 180-181, it states, “…Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever…the rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist…Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across the square red rock in the sea.” This quote shows the theme of savagery shown by Roger, destroying the intelligence and civilization, in the form of Piggy and the conch. It shows that Roger doesn’t seem to care anymore whether he gets rescued or not. Also, it is frightening to see that he doesn’t feel guilt after what he did to Piggy, who was just trying to help, and that he loves causing pain. The fact that they are little kids and are able to kill people in this situation displays how they have become savages over the course of the novel and lack order and conscience that civilization used to provide them. They act cruel and solve problems through death and destruction. All hope of regaining their innocence and unawareness to the nature of man is impossible.   In the article, violence is conveyed and leads to a loss of innocence through the innocent children’s deaths. For instance, it is quoted in paragraph 3, “According to a statement from the office of the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province almost all of the dead are children under the age of 16”. This quote implies how children are a symbol of innocence. They are innocent children that only want to go to school to learn but the fact that this frightening event happened to them is so heartbreaking. Not only that but they are under the age of 16 and it is sad to think that none of them knew that this was going to happen to them. They did nothing wrong to deserve this kind of pain. Their dreams of potential success or hopes in the future are lost due to the horrible attack on the school. Additionally, in paragraph 6, the author states, “When the shooting started, Abdullah, who was shot in the leg, said nobody knew what was going on. “Then I saw children falling down who were crying and screaming. I also fell down. I learned later that I have got a bullet,” he said, speaking from his hospital bed.” This quote shows the point of view of a 14 year old boy being shot by one of the bullets during the attack. He explains how he didn’t even realize he has been shot until he saw other children fell down one by one. The fact that he’s describing the whole scene from his hospital bed is so emotional. It must have been so eye-opening to realize that this tragic event has happened to him to which shows his innocence escaping.The loss of innocence in both literature works prove to be impactful as the community learns of the true reality in their lives.  In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding and the article, “More Than 131 Killed in Taliban Attack on School” by Omar Waraich, both works of literature establish violence that leads to loss of innocence. Both authors reveal to us that the outside world has a mask that only shows itself through an eye-opening experience.