The boys arrive in their uniform school gear, representative of the ordered society they have left. When Ralph appears, he carries his school sweater and pulls at his stockings. The boys' uniform black shoes are covered in sand almost immediately. When the conch brings the group together, they still physically hold the symbolic remnants of their old and structured lives:
They were naked and carrying their clothes; others half-naked, or more or less dressed, in school uniforms, grey, blue, fawn, jacketed, or jerseyed. There were badges, mottoes even, stripes of color in stockings and pullovers.
By chapter 7, Ralph's appearance has changed dramatically:
He would like to have a pair of scissors and cut this hair—he flung the mass back—cut this filthy hair right back to half an inch. He would like to have a bath, a proper wallow with soap. He passed his tongue experimentally over his teeth and decided that a toothbrush would come in handy too. Then there were his nails—
At this point, the...
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