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In Chapter 4 of "Lord of the Flies" what is the significance of Jack's mask?

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emo-bitch615 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 8, 2011 at 12:03 AM via web

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In Chapter 4 of "Lord of the Flies" what is the significance of Jack's mask?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 8, 2011 at 12:53 AM (Answer #1)

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The mask Jack paints on his face is significant for several reasons:

1. The mask includes the symbolic color of red. This blood color seems to accompany what occurs as soon as Jack lives life after the painting of the face.

2. The mask brings out Jack's violence and takes away his inhibitions. Jack becomes even more mean and demanding among the boys. His capacity to understand and employ social means of courtesy is gone. We see this in his treatment of Piggy as Jack's insults increase and he even tries to keep meat from Piggy. Jack grows in his use of intimidation and fear.

3. The mask uncovers the the savage in Jack. Only after Jack has painted his face is he able to actually kill a pig.

Jack's ultimate change from cooperative to intimidating, from a team player to a fearful leader happens here. The mask marks the complete and total shift in his character.

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crazymonekyxox97 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 14, 2012 at 5:53 AM (Answer #2)

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Jack's reason for painting his face, is because he beilves that the pigs see him not smell him, so he wants to try and blend in with his surroundings.

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