Evolution Of Uniforms In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Although there is controversy about the creation of human life, there is little to deny the primitive behavior exhibited by the earliest humans. Over time, humanity learned, changed, and developed into what it is today. Despite a change in appearance and education, humans have never lost their primal inclinations. Throughout his novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding reveals humanity’s barbaric roots through the gradual deterioration of the boys’ uniforms.
Progressively through the novel, the boys’ clothes are used as an example to represent the declining importance of order. For example, when Jack and the boys first land on the beach, they “marched approximately in step in two parallel lines and [were] dressed in strangely eccentric clothing” (Golding 19). This illustrates a direct correlation between the uniforms and societal order. When the boys are fully clothed, they behave orderly and civilized. Over time, the boys shed their uniforms and begin acting more primitive and hectic. Jack, now painted and predatorial, begins to lead chants after his hunts, yelling, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” (152). These chants portray the chaotic mindset instilled into Jack as the days and weeks have rolled by on the island. He is nearly naked at the time, wearing mainly clay paint and brandishing a knife when needed. In this way, he parallels early humans who wore only what they needed to survive and had weapons on hand to hunt. Eventually, the boys sport paint as

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