Who are the choir on the island in "Lord of the Flies"?

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robertwilliam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The choir are just the boys who arrive with Jack. It's common in English private schools for there to be an all-male choir, and clearly Jack was the leader or the head boy (he wears a golden badge). Choirboys are traditionally a symbol of goodness, religious purity and innocence - and do note that, when they arrive, Jack's choir all wear their uniforms:

each boy wore a square black cap with a silver badge in it. Their bodies, from throat to ankle, were hidden by black cloaks which bore a long silver cross on the left breast.

Also - rather brilliantly, I think - it means that the descent into devilish savagery for Jack and his gang starts from the highest possible point: a group of innocent, angelic, beautiful-sounding choirboys become a savage, animalistic-sounding group of murderers.

Peter Brook makes a lot of the image of choirboys in his film of the novel (made in the 1960s).

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