Lord of the Flies

what purpose does a mask serve? What happens to identity when one puts on a mask?


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Masks, even Halloween masks, give a sense of alternate identity. People of all cultures use them for exactly that, to free themselves from their old identity. Jack and many of the other boys paint their faces in order to cover any vestiges of their old identity. The boys are able to become snarling savages behind the comfort of a mask!