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By the end of the novel, Jack has adopted a mask to hide behind. He paints his face and has become one with the "kill or be killed environment" in which he lives. He reminds one of remote tribes where superstition and death reign supreme. The mask allows Jack to abandon the civilized world of which he was a part. When he paints his face, he is no longer Jack. He is the hunter, the tribal leader, the killer of pigs and other things. The mask allows him the freedom to be his id.
His hair has grown longer, he wears only a pair of tattered shorts held up by a belt , no shoes or shiert, and his freckled skin is deeply tanned and pealing with sunburn on his back.
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