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In Chapter 11 of "Lord of the Flies," what is it that Samneric fears about...

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melcher | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM via web

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In Chapter 11 of "Lord of the Flies," what is it that Samneric fears about the savages' warpaint?

Why does Ralph refuse to paint faces?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 31, 2008 at 8:29 PM (Answer #1)

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“The others nodded. They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought.” Eric again suggests painting themselves and Ralph yells “No paint!” He screams at them that they need smoke." (pg 206)

Samneric are afraid of what the savages in warpaint will do to them. They are afraid of the evil which has taken over the boys in Jack's tribe. Ralph refuses the paint because it does stand for savagery and he wants to try and keep the "civilized" order that he has tried to create through the whole story.

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wwjd | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 25, 2009 at 5:11 AM (Answer #2)

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Samneric realize that when Jack and his tribe are wearing warpaint, they are liberated from acting civilized. Their fear is how the tribe will act when they are painted. Ralph says that he, Piggy, and Samneric must not paint their faces because he wants so badly to maintain a civilized way of life for them. He realized that if they become like Jack and his tribe, there will be no chance of rescue.

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