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by William Golding

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

"Mask wearing" in Lord of the Flies allows first, Jack, and then most of the other boys, to shed their inhibitions. Behind masks of face paint, they can rid themselves of shame and self-consciousness as they indulge in savage behaviors.

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Jack is the first of the boys to don a "mask" made of white, red, and black dye smeared on his face. He uses a pool of water as a mirror to guide his hand in creating his new persona.

Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them. He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling. He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness

The mask draws everyone into his wild dance. Soon the younger boys are also painting their bodies.

Jack can use...

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