Evil Arrived Disguised as Mankind

883 WordsJan 26, 20184 Pages
George R.R Martin once said that "there is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs." In the book The Lord of the Flies, a group of boys are stranded on an island and struggle to form a balanced society and end up removing it completely by destroying all hope for civilization. As the story progresses, the boys use their masks to disguise their identity, to bring out their inner beast, and to intimidate others. The main power of a mask is to change someone’s identity and to transform them into a new person. When Ralph sees Bill, he says that “this is not Bill (183).” The boy behind the mask is Bill, but the mask disguised him and created a new person, a new savage. The mask turns Bill from a normal British boy into a savage. The mask is what Bill uses to become a new person and to disguise himself. The mask gains power because it is removing the boy’s old personality and replacing it with a new, more savage one. When Ralph goes to visit the savages, he sees “Jack, painted and garlanded, sitting there like an idol (149).” Before painting himself, Jack was not chief, but after he masked himself, he is treated like royalty and idolized by all of the other boys. The paint that Jack uses to mask his identity does not change him, but rather creates a new person out of him. He is no longer Jack, but the leader of the group of savages. This is the goal of the mask, to remove civilization entirely. Without
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