Lord of the Flies Mask Project Ideas

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Masks are key symbols in ''Lord of the Flies'', so they're a great way to engage with the story's themes. These projects can provide unique and creative ways for your class to utilize masks in studying this novel.

Masks In Lord Of The Flies

William Golding's 1954 novel Lord of the Flies covers a group of boys stranded on a deserted island and traces their descent from civilization into savagery. The book is full of symbolism, but rarely is this more obvious than in Golding's use of masks. Masks, in this novel taking the form of painting one's face with charcoal, clay, or blood, represents the hiding of the civilized self and the donning of savagery. This symbol is a great lens through which to explore the themes of the novel. The following project ideas can help you do so, and are designed to be easily adaptable to various grade levels and classrooms.

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