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Things are not always as they seem In fact in todays society things are rarely as they seem William Goldings novel LORD OF THE FLIES shows the masks that we as humans in a civilized world put on and describes how human beings conceal both good and evil qualities Do we live in a world of disguise When I really sit down to think about it I disturbingly find it true Most everything from government to the church possesses a dark secret We as citizens hide our secrets to appear as a refined society The United States government remains the most powerful in the world but people fail to ask how We do not want to admit that our country America the beautiful could contain immoral leadership So we deny it Everyone denies it even the President and Congressional leaders We simply accept the power and honor no if ands or buts about it LORD OF THE FLIES begins in a similar way Ralph assumes the role of chief in what appears as an organized group of young boys However as their organization depletes so does the quality of leadership As Jack begins to gain authority he removes his mask He reveals an evil side which he would never have shown before As his followers increase in number the mob increases its violence Eventually they outnumber the good in the novel Leadership today could take a similar course if we remove many standards Which leads many to question can masks constitute a good purpose Fear of rejection longing for acceptance concealment of evil and fear in general all lead to the disguises of society The poem We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar describes the pain and suffering he and many other slaves covered up with laughter and smiles We wear the mask that grins and lies It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes
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