In Lord of the Flies, what is the significance of the Chapter 4, titled "Painted Faces and Long Hair"?

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This chapter title highlights two symbols that concisely indicate the development of the plot in this chapter. Painted faces and long hair signify the abandonment of the civilization the boys have come from and their gradual move towards violence and savagery. The chapter contains one of the first hints of mindless violence between the boys themselves, in the destruction of the sand castle. It shows the rising power of Jack and his obsession with hunting, which involves him painting his face until he appears inhuman. More ominously, the hunting causes the boys to neglect the signal fire and miss a chance to go back to civilization. This indicates that some at least of the boys may actually have begun to prefer the wild, free, savage life to their former civilized constraints.