Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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1. Compare the employment of “mask-wearing” in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale. Emphasise the different functions of mask-wearing in both texts.

In Maus, the Jews hide behind masks in order to survive. They are constantly frightened of being caught and exposed. In Lord of the Flies, Jack's mask symbolizes his transition from a schoolboy constrained by the rules of civilization to a savage, dynamic leader. The mask makes him feel powerful and uninhibited.

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In Art Spiegelman's graphic novel, Maus , the different races are depicted as animals. The Jews are mice, the Germans are cats, and the Poles are pigs. This emphasizes that, at least from the point of view of the Nazis, being a Polish Jew is something completely different from being a Pole, even to the point of being another species. When the Jews go out into the German-dominated society, they wear...

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