Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What do the boys look like? William Golding's Lord of the Flies

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One of the big themes of the book is built around the way the boys start off relatively civilized and finish the book in an almost completely animalistic state, barely able to even communicate with the officer from the boat, the representative of society.

When the boys first reach the island, they are still fully clothed, the choir boys are in uniform, there is a great deal of decorum still to be seen.

Rather quickly their appearance begins to reflect their situation, and as they go longer on the island, they begin to paint their bodies, to look more and more like the animals which they are...

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In chapter 7 we learn that Ralph is wearing a gray shirt that needs washing.  His hair has grown out and he wants to cut it.  His hair is very dirty.  His teeth have not been brushed and are nasty.  His nails are also encrusted with dirt.  He has his nails chewed down to the quick.

The boys are dirty with tangled hair.  Their hair has caught around dead leaves and twigs.  Their clothes are worn and soiled.  They are sweaty and messy.  The skin of the boys is scruffy from brine and they are a sight.

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