Lord of the Flies: Bullying

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Similarities of Bullying How long has bullying been around? Bullying has lasted for decades now. It takes no effort to see that in the timeless novel Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, bullying is expressed throughout the book in many different ways. The three forms of bullying readers witness throughout the book consist of verbal bullying, physical bullying, and relational bullying. Although Lord of the Flies takes place nearly sixty years ago, from Golding shows readers that bullying hasn’t changed much in these past decades. One form of bullying that Golding expresses throughout the Lord of the Flies is physical bullying, and Golding expresses this form much like how it is used today. Golding shows readers that the characters, …show more content…

According to National Crime Prevention Council, in the article Bullying: Information and Resources to Help Prevent the Serious Problem of Bullying, victims of bullies, “Often singled out because of a perceiver difference between them and others, whether because of appearance (Size, weight, clothes)…” (NCPC, 1). This quote explains that someone who stands out from the normal crowd because of the way he or she looks, in the eyes of a bully, makes it a fair enough reason to tease and pick on that person. Golding creates Piggy as an outcast who has asthma and who weighs more than the other boys, thus making him an easier target for bullies such as Jack to verbally abuse him such as calling him “Piggy” or “Fatty”. Besides the personal appearance of a person, the amount of knowledge they have may also be a factor to the likelihood of someone bullying another. Golding doesn’t just create Piggy as an overweight boy, but also provides his character with knowledge greater than any of the other boys. This creates issues regarding name calling and mockery towards Piggy. In the 1990s, a similar incident regarding name calling and verbal abuse occurred, and it is written in the article At Last, Facing Down Bullies (and Their Enablers) by Perri Klass. Klass explains how a young boy wins a prize at the science fair and wants to continue on his path of science by participating in a multi-school science fair. Klass explains that the issue regarding teasing, jostling, and