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.
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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