Which social groups are marginalized

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Which social groups are marginalized, excluded or silenced within the text? Social groups are significant in Golding’s novel “Lord of the Flies”, as they exhibit and accompany the development of a group of British schoolboys, which socially deteriorates into savagery, splitting into certain social sub-groups. In a context shaped by the world wars and the resulting communal imbalance, perhaps creating or already foreshadowing a sense of rivalry and social disharmony, Golding employs several characters that differ according to age, physical capability, political approaches and have different positions in hierarchy. In my opinion, Golding creates social groups, which lead to marginalization, exclusion and silencing. Physically weaker boys…show more content…
Jack’s catchy chant picks on a tribe-like ideology that unifies the members of the group and perhaps distracts them from the actual chaos and future uncertainty. However, within this frame of conviction, Jack rules tyrannically. Golding might depict the timeless theme of humans often following the more convenient life when being under pressure. The morally valuable and democratic group of Ralph is neglected and stays unsupported due to chaos. Most boys wander off and follow guaranteed safety and food. Again, the survival instinct is shown to dominate. Moreover, as subliminal rivalry between the two leaders Jack and Ralph still exists, who prevalently attempt to distinguish themselves from each other, Golding might also criticise individualism. Rivalry and self-positioning between the two individuals further disrupt social harmony, as both groups neither tolerate nor stop antagonising each other – in contrast, Jack tries to dominate and lessen Ralph’s groups importance throughout the novel. Within the hunters themselves, Golding reveals silencing based on Jack’s arbitrary ruling. He shows the extent to which the hunters are actually oppressed and pressurized in what they are supposed to do: “Grab them! No one moved. Jack shouted angrily. I said ‘grab them’!”. Golding implies a sense of resistance or perhaps even disagreement in the order they receive from the “Chief”, who is then shown to loose temper and repeat “angrily”. Sheer brutality and
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