Humanity And Its Way Of Being Lost

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Sanity, slowly fading away, with savagery slowly taking its place. Within the book, Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys, ranging from ages of 3 to 13, were escaping from their all-boys school within an airplane. But unfortunately, the boys’ plane is attacked and the boys end upon a deserted island, and all of the adults are dead. The boys take it upon themselves to survive, until they are rescued, but being upon that island for so long, the boys soon lose who they are. Some don’t want to be rescued, and some have just lost it completely. Lives and personalities are lost to the invading savagery of the island. Throughout the book, Golding shows how the boys upon the island slowly lose themselves.
The island’s barbaric influence on the boys first takes place within their appearances. “His sandy hair, considerably longer than it had been when they dropped in, was lighter now; and his bare back was a mass of dark freckles and peeling sunburn” (Golding, 48). Upon being under the blazing sun of the island for weeks, the boys’ hair all grew longer and lighter. Their hair dropped in front of their faces, reaching towards their noses and/ or chins. All of the boys’ skins have became a dark brown, all sunburnt, and peeling. Making them seem as though they were natives of the island. As though, they were born there. Golding shows the savagery of the boys by having them lose their civilized appearances. Their appearances even took a greater turn when they discovered how to make paint.
“He made one cheek and one eye-socket white, then he rubbed red all over the other half of his face and slashed a black bar of charcoal across from right ear to left jaw” (Golding, 63). Within the book, the boys had started to paint themselves, in order to hunt better. For they had figured out that the pigs don't smell them, but instead, see them. So they thought of the paint as a camouflage. But it was not only that. The paint, basically was taking away the boys’ morals. It became a mask for them. And it even started to change their way of thinking.
Due to the desire to paint their faces, and to hunt, the boys soon start to change their way of thinking. They even start to change their morals. “‘The job was too much. We need everyone.’ Ralph turned. ‘You could have had everyone when the shelters were finished. But you had to hunt-’ ‘We need meat’” (Golding, 71). With the paint, and the hunting, some of the boys (Jack) started only thinking about meat, or just the killing, the thrill. The thrill kept influencing the boys’ morals. It started to make them think that hunting was more important than anything else, including being rescued. Even so when they start to make a tribe, and a chief.
“The chief was sitting there, naked to the waist, his face blocked out in white and red” (Golding, 160). The boys became more like savages everyday. Even more so when they painted their faces, stood naked, and even elected a chief. The boys did not care that what they looked like or how...

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