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Appearance: Lord of the Flies
Transcript of Appearance: Lord of the Flies
Golding uses appearance to evaluate a transition from civilization into savagery.
As depicted in these quotes, it is evident that the children in the Lord of The Flies gradually regress from civilization into savagery through their change in appearance.
By: Abby Laszewski, Amber Lin, Brooke Fisher, Michael Rostenberg
"Some were naked and carrying their clothes; others half naked, or more or less dressed, in school uniforms, grey, blue, fawn, jacketed, or jerseyed" (18)
"Each boy wore a square cap with a silver badge on it. Their bodies, from throat to ankle were hidden by black cloaks which bore a long silver cross on the left breast and each neck was finished off with a hambone frill" (19)
“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 sun-burn. A sharpened stick about five feet long trailed from his right hand, and except for a pair of tattered shorts held up by his knife-belt he was naked” (48).
This is a description of Jack as he is hunting
important description because this is at the end of civilization and the beginning of complete savagery
the only reason that Jack is not completely naked is because of his knife belt being so important to him.
“Piggy wore the remainders of a pair of shorts, his fat body was golden brown, and the glasses still flashed when he looked at anything” (64).
A description of Piggy he still has part of his clothing, especially his glasses
The boys have been on the island for a while
This is just before Ralph realizes that there is no smoke coming from the top of the mountain and then he spots the ship that is in the distance going by.
“Sitting, Ralph was aware of the heat for the first time that day. He pulled distastefully at his gray shirt… He would like to have a pair of scissors and cut this hair-he flung the mass back-cut this filthy hair right back to half an inch” (109).
Description is of Ralph when realizes how hot it is on the island and that his hair is so hot because of its length
He also has a gray shirt that he is wearing and is debating about washing because it is sticking to him.
When the plane crashes, these were the British school boys that were left
They are in their most civilized state of the book
Being taught to be well mannered, still had a sense of respect for authority
The start of a new formation of society
Still discovering, so still civilized
Still fully clothed in uniform attire
They are all accustomed to seeing and wearing these clothes just like they are still accustomed to having food and water
Has yet to experience hunger or hardship
At this point, they are still civilized
"We ought to comb our hair. Only its too long" (172).
The boys started off clean with short hair
The children have been on the island for a long time
No way for them to groom themselves or take care of their bodies
When they first arrived they had clean hair and were civilized, slowly their hair got longer and more messy and the boys became less civilized and more savage
"I've got both socks left in the shelter...so we
could pull them over our heads like caps"(172).
Ralph, Piggy, Sam and Eric are going to Jack's tribe to convince them to give Piggy's glasses back
Ralph's group is supposed to be the more civilized one since he is focused on rescue and the fire, whereas Jack's group is more savage by being focused on hunting and painting their bodies
Ralph wants to prove to Jack that his group is still civilized and deserve to get Piggy's glasses back
He wants to seem better than Jack
"Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a siver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon's dead body moved out toward the open sea." (154)
After all of the members of the tribe violently killed Simon
Assumed he was the beast at first, but it was clear that they later understood it was Simon
Still did not stop the attack or try to save him
Got caught up and carried away in the hunt/kill
"He became conscious of the weight of his clothes, kicked his shoes off fiercely and ripped off each stocking with its elastic garter in a single movement... He undid the snake-clasp of his belt, lugged off his shorts and pants, and stood naked, looking at the dazzling beach and water." (10)
Takes off his clothes without a thought
expectation to always have them
Sense of freedom to be naked