The Island in Lord of the Flies by Golding Compared to our World Today

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Research shows that half of the children in our world have been or are being bullied. Out of all those children bullied only one out of ten of them will report it. The dictionary defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time” (Bully Definition” 1). Bullies have many characteristics such as rivalry, competitive behavior, and aggression. In Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, Jack can be considered the antagonist because he has many characteristics of a bully. One of the lines that stuck out was “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” (Golding, William” 152). Right …show more content…

They are able to get power because society gives more recognition to negativity. Bullying is just one way that people get others attention (“Bullying Statistics” 1-2). Kids who bully tend to use priority and strength. They also try to get their hands on someone else’s personal or embarrassing information or use their own popularity to hurt others (“Bullying Definition” 1). Having this imbalance of power causes many people to think highly of themselves. Bullying is one of the leading causes in teen suicide today. People bullied in the past or present have been studied and it has shown that they have a lower quality of life. Though they have a lower quality of life, the have better physical and mental health. (“Seaman” 1). Studies have shown that most bullying happens in middle school and high school. There is bullying in elementary school but it is minimal and less serious (“Bullying Statistics” 1). Most kids refuse to speak up while being bullied in fear that the bully will just taunt them more (“Cyber-Safety Act” 2). Bullying has become a very serious issue regarding our society today. Bullying is a major issue in today’s society just as it was amongst the boys on the island. On the island the boys were constantly fighting, which soon separates them into two separate groups. There are many fights, which leads to some characters dying a very brutal death. The younger boys of the group always insist there is a “beastie”

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