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by William Golding

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In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, how does Jack paint his face in Chapter 4?  

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Kneeling beside a pool of water in order to see his reflection, Jack uses a combination of red clay, white clay, and charcoal to paint his face. As the boys are on an island, the ingredients used for Jack's mask must be (as you might have guessed) naturally sourced. While we must rely on our imaginations to visualize the exact nature of Jack's face paint, we can reasonably assume that he is camouflaging himself in a way that he hopes will make him harder to detect. Consider the following passage in Chapter 4 of the text:

“If only I’d some green!”
He turned a half-concealed face up to Roger and answered the incomprehension of his gaze.
“For hunting. Like in the war. You know—dazzle paint. Like things trying to look like something else—”
He twisted in the urgency of telling. “—like moths on a tree trunk" (Golding, Chapter 4)

In Jack's explanation, we see that his intention is to be unrecognizable. By looking like something else, Jack might become better suited to hunting, but the...

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