Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies

Often in our lives other people affect us in both negative and positive ways. In the case
of Lord of the Flies, the kids influence one another while on the island, in mostly
negative ways. These influences cause for mental changes in the brain. Most of the time,
mental changes affect physical changes. However, in some rare occasions it is the other
way around. While on the island the boys go through numerous physical and mental changes.
Although mental changes are somewhat more significant than physical changes, physical
changes are still very much apparent and can sometimes cause for mental change.

Crashing onto the island, the kids have immaculate, clean faces due to the fact that they
attend a Catholic school which, incidentally, enforces a school uniform code. As time
progresses, some of the kids, particularly the choir boys, dirty their faces because of
their hunting adventures. As seen on page 69, "Jack, his face smeared with clays, reached
the top first and hailed Ralph excitedly, with lifted spear." After dirtying their faces,
the choir boys proceed to paint them. Page 74 mentions, "I painted my face—I stole up."
In the beginning the face painting is only something they do for fun. However, near the
end of the story it becomes so bad that Ralph cannot even recognize who was standing in
front of him. On page 195, "A smallish savage was standing between him and the rest of the
forest, a savage striped red and white, and carrying a spear." It can be seen by this
quote that the face painting becomes a mask of evil over the choir boys' faces.
Nevertheless, besides their faces, there is a smaller, more inconspicuous physical change,
hair.
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