William Golding's Lord of the Flies, published in 1957, is considered a classic among adults and teenagers. In Lord of Flies, the lack of resources throughout the story such as food, clothing, and adults played an important role on the boy's attitudes, feelings, and actions. The lack of these important resources led to death, savagery, and hatred.
The question as to why the boy's attitudes changed so drastically is asked frequently asked when reading this book. The boy's blatant attitudes changed for various reasons. First, was because of the lack of clothing. The boys were stranded on the island with no extra clothing whatsoever. Ralph and some of the boys even went around bare. This didn"t bother most of boys because " He was old enough, twelve years and a few months, to have lost the prominent tummy of childhood and not yet old enough for adolescence to have made him awkward." During the book, when Jack decides to form his own group, there was no clothing to set them apart from Ralph's group. Jack just had to be different, and he decided to go with painting faces. Although some of the boys didn"t agree with this, but they were pliant once the meat was provided. The painted faces brought out a new side in Jack's whole group. They were acting like complete savages! This however, did match their main goals in the group; "We are going to have fun on this island." and hunting. Second, The boys seemed to have an attitude change when their clothes were on and off. When their clothes were on the boys acted proper and polite. They seemed to listen to what Ralph and whoever was holding the conch had to say. However, when the boy's clothes were off and they had painted themselves, their behaviors were not like your typical British boy. The boys started fighting constantly. They were interrupting and totally disregarding the rules they had established when they first had their meeting. This chaos continued in the novel and lead to the killings of two boys.