Lord of the Flies: Bullying Essay

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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…
Another example of physical bullying being enforced in the novel takes place when Roger and Maurice harass the Littlun’s. On the way back to the beach after their duty for keeping an eye on the signal fire, “Roger led the way straight through the [sand] castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen stones. Maurice followed …Percival began to whimper with an eyeful of sand…In his other life, Maurice had received chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand. Now, though there was no parent…Maurice still felt the unease of wrongdoing,” (Golding, 60). This shows significance because Maurice feels that he is able to basically do whatever he likes because he can’t receive any punishment from adults. This is also a factor that contributes to the reason children bully, according to Why Do Kids Bully?, by Byrne. The fact that these examples can relate to these factors, they provide evidence that Golding’s illustration of bullying has not altered.
Another form of bullying that Golding illustrates in the Lord of the Flies can be referred to as verbal bullying. In this case, Piggy is again, another victim of Jack. Readers see that Piggy receives the name “Fatty” and gets interrupted while attempting to be heard while publicly speaking, multiple times by Jack, “You’re always scared. Yah—Fatty!” (Golding, 45), “You would, would you? Fatty!” (71). Golding uses this example to
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