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QUOTES IN "LORD OF THE FLIES" ABOUT "MASKS"...?I need quotes from the novel that are...

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shkr27 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM via web

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I need quotes from the novel that are about masks...

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM (Answer #1)

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In William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, the boys create masks as camouflage for hunting.  Jack originally comes up with the idea:

"For hunting.  LIke in the war. You know-- dazzle paint.  Like things trying to look like something else" (65).

Jack quickly begins to realize that the masks have an advantage beyond hunting; his mask allows him to reinvent himself.  After creating his first mask, Jack is pleased to see that his appearance has changed to that of "an awesome stranger" (63).  The mask frees Jack from his inhibitions, empowering him to act bolder, fiercer:

"He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness" (64). 

This freedom from self will give Jack the power to make his first kill and overcome his aversion to blood.  Later, Golding will utilize the masks as a manifestation of the boys' savagery, their willingness to hide their faces as a symbolic turn from the goodness of civilization.

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