Kids are Blinded by the Truths
Right in Front of Them
Early in the book The Lord of the Flies
the children seemed very interested in keeping up their appearance.
They were their school uniforms as if classes were going to be held
the next day. They worried about bathing and where to urinate and
defecate. By chapter 10 most of the children have completely given up.
There were boys urinating and defecating anyplace they wanted to, even
close to their food sources. Most of the children didn't bother with
too many clothes at all. Even though he had become the new leader Jack
was on his throne “naked to the waist.” Jack was also covered with
clay and he didn't even seem to notice. It covered up his blush when
he was embarrassed which is symbolic of him not worrying about
anything anymore. The paint the hunters were wearing was really thick
blood. This paint represents the savagery and hid the crimes that they
had been committing against each other. As they became more and more
painted they also became more and more savage. Piggy's glasses also
have a symbolic role in the children falling apart. In the beginning
Piggy protected his glasses and he polished them on his shirt whenever
he needed time to think or if he was worried. The boys had broken one
of his lenses and they were barely holding together. By the end of
chapter 10 Piggy's glasses had been stolen by Jack and his hunters.
This is symbolic of the last bit of reason being stolen away from
their tribe. Piggy's glasses, like Piggy, were symbolic of reason and
thinking. In chapter 10 all the boys are in deep denial about how
Simon had died. All of the children seemed to think that they were on
the outside of the ring that murdered him. None of the children wanted
to admit that they knew what happened to Simon and that they, in fact,
had killed him with their bare hands. The children just wouldn't
“see” what had taken place that night.
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