Lord of the Flies: Cultural Assumption #1
nI've been reading Lord of the Flies for about half a term and I'm up to chapter 5. I've noticed in the book so far that Piggy is not treated well by the other characters which shows the cultural assumption that boys who were considered unfit or weak were not thought of as "real men" or equal to boys who were fit. Piggy is seen as an unfit male who has poor eyesight and asthma and he is treated horribly, even though he is one of the most intellectual characters on the island. For example when all the boys meet for the first time on the island Jack Merridew says "You're talking too much, Shut up Fatty". Piggy is the most physically vulnerable and this is also shown during chapter 2 in the book by the other boys laughing as Jack Merridew makes fun of him. Jack doesn’t care or respect Piggy enough to acknowledge him
I feel that this unequal treatment nowadays is completely unfair as people who have asthma are treated no differently to people who are completely healthy.
I think that William Golding is reinforcing that those men who stood out and were different because they did not fit the physical stereotype of what a real man was weren't given the same rights as those who did. This is because in the1950's when WWII had just ended countries needed strong men to fight the war, and many were prejudice towards the people who were physically unfit.