Essay about Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Masks of Chaos and Evil
“He was safe from shame or self-consciousness behind the mask of his paint and could look at each of them in turns.” (140) Throughout the course of the novel, it is apparent how the characters change from young innocent boys into murderous savages while stranded on an isolated island. These boys are no older than 14, but everyone, no matter how young, has an inner beast. Some people, like the boys in the novel, allow that beast inside to temporarily come out when they feel there will be no punishment. In William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies, facepaint is symbolic of chaos and evil that erupts because of the loss of morality while being concealed behind the self-assuring “masks” of society.
The characters Golding portrays in the beginning of the novel are young, innocent, and respectable boys. For example, the boys show respect to the authority of the conch. The children gather when Ralph sounds. Johnny even brings his “cheerful” smile. (18) In the first few days on the island the boys are abiding by the rules of the conch and coming when meetings are called. Another example, is the boys working together. Plans are set to build shelters, keep a signal fire going and hunt for food. There is law and order on the island this far, as the boys have not learned what they are capable of. For a final example, the boys have trust in each other. Jack, Ralph, and Simon work together when they “go on an expedition” (24) to the unknown sectors of the island. The…

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