Painted Faces and Long Hair

hannah sellers

After the boys had been on the island for while, their hair soon grew and they began to mask their faces.
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About the Chapter

Painted faces and long hair is a chapter in the book, Lord of the Flies, that explains the boy's drastic change in appearance due to being on the island for so long. More importantly, their personalities had changed also. After being stranded on the island so long, that their personalities became more vicious and insane.


"He rubbed the charcoal stick between the patches of red and white on his face" (Goulding 63).

This quote is talking about Jack before he takes his "team" out to go hunt a pig. He smears coal and pain on his face to mask himself or to blend in. The mask symbolizes how Jack feels he can do as he please because his face is hidden.

"He would like to have a pair of scissors and cut his hair-he flung the mass back-cut this filthy hair right back to half an inch" (Goulding 109).

This quote shows that the boys had obviously been on the island long enough that their hair had been growing longer. The long hair symbolizes the amount of time spend on the island and the need of a haircut for Ralph.

"He was the only boy on the island whose hair never seemed to grow" (Goulding 64).

The fact that Piggy's hair isn't growing, symbolizes that Piggy has yet to lose his sanity on the island, and he is still holding onto reality and hope.