Lord of the Flies: What Way Does Golding Present the Boys Build Up Savagery?

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What way does Golding present the boys build up to savagery?
The main build up to savagery in the book could be the choir.
The choir began as boys who accept the discipline of a choir school and acknowledge Jack's position as head choir boy, The boys become hunters, when Jack forces this role upon them. Then, as Jack releases his savage instincts by creating his mask, they become savages. They used to wear identical cloaks and caps, a uniform designed to promote their group identity and hide individuality to make them all the same apart from
Jack who was shown to be the 'Leader'. Jack orders the choir to 'take off' their 'togs' this symbolises the stripping away of civilisation. Now their identities are hidden by masks and paint, and they turn into a tribe of savage killers, living in fear of their cruel chief.

Earlier into the book when they build shelter on the beach Jack description of a hunter makes him seems like an animal himself. We see him crouching, 'dog-like', and sniffing the air, 'like a sprinter, his nose only a few inches from the humid earth'. He's almost naked, apart from his 'tattered shorts' and he carries a 'sharpened stick' which he uses as a spear. Every time they kill they take a step further down the road to savagery. In the next chapter 'Painted Faces and Long Hair' Jack paints his face with clay and charcoal for camouflage when hunting, but the mask he creates has a powerful psychological effect as well.
The sight of his mask fills him with awe and excitement. This is
Jack's new identity, his laughter becomes 'bloodthirsty snarling' and he is 'liberated from shame and self-consciousness.' The mask is symbolic it is covering up Jack's civilised values. The mask influences the other boys making them scared however it is also gradually bringing out inner evil, 'the mask compelled them'. With the mask to hide…...

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