Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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Explain the employment of “mask-wearing” in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, “mask-wearing” is employed through the boys painting their faces and figuratively through hiding their identities.

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William Golding’s novel explores the changing social interactions among the marooned boys. Questions of identity are central throughout Lord of the Flies. Masks and related coverings, both of a person’s actual face and of their identity, become increasingly significant as the plot advances. The boys’ identities as hunters and their emotional attachment to a tribal camaraderie is symbolized by their face painting. The more secretive characters, such as Roger , play...

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