Lord Of The Flies Allegory

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"'Which is better - to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?'" Lord of the Flies by William Golding serves as an allegory to today’s world through symbolism in a story of survival among several school boys. The references that are most critical in developing connections from the story to the modern world are the face-painted masks, Piggy’s spectacles, and the Lord of the Flies.
Jack’s face masks portray the underlying recklessness and immorality in society. Foremost, the painted masks allow the boys to turn into somebody else so that their barbaric intentions are not immediately revealed. “… the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.” (pg. 64) Essentially, the mask is a shield which