Object In Lord Of The Flies

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The second symbolic object is the mask worn by Jack near the pool. The red and black mask that he paints over himself. Jack puts on this mask to camouflage himself from the pigs he was hunting. After putting the mask on, Golding descries Jack as "...looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger... he began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling... the face of red and white and black swung through the air..." (Golding 64). This shows just how much of Jacks demeanour changes by simply putting a mask on. He becomes a savage. Writing about the mask is Golding 's way of commenting on how viscous people can become behind a mask, how different they become, and how they hid their true self. The colors on…show more content…
It begins with Jack and Ralph furiously fighting and yelling at each other. Jack, an hunter, commands that Ralph leave his camp. But Ralph, the chief, demands that Jack gives Piggy his glasses back. This leads to Jack attacking Ralph. While Ralph and Jack are fighting, Roger throws a massive rock down the mountainside. The author describes this action as "...with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever...the rock struck Piggy...(Golding 181). This shows Roger, a callow and feckless boy, shoving an enormous rock at Piggy and bringing him to his death. A enormous rock can symbolise strength and power and the rock is also red, which can represent violence. Standing on top of the cliff, it is Roger who feels powerful. This is Golding 's way of alluding to civil wars because the boys are fighting and killing each other on the same island and in civil wars citizens between the same country fight. Golding wants to show how people become so furious with one another, they begin to kill one another. In conclusion, Golding uses many symbolic objects in specific places throughout his novel. Three of those is the scar in the jungle, the mask worn by Jack near the pool, and the rock that is used to kill Piggy near the cliff. Golding uses the scar, to show how mankind can do permanent damage. He uses the mask worn by Jack, to represent people who change, when hidden behind a mask and lastly the rock that kills Piggy to symbolise civil wars. Golding incorporates these objects and events in his novel, to show how much damage mankind can do and how evil mankind can
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