Lord of the Flies:

Blog 2

I'm still reading the novel Lord of the Flies by William Goulding and I am now up to chapter 6. whilst reading this far I have noticed another cultural assumption, 'rich people are better than the poor'. The best character that shows this is the antagonist, Jack Merridew.

The novel's language backs up this assumption by making Jack the leader of the 'choir'. A quote from the text to show this is “I ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp. Jack believes he is the only capable boy to be the chief of the group of boys.

This cultural assumption is rather relevant to today's society because still today many people do believe the rich are much 'better' than the poor. The amount of money that is wasted on not needed things is incredible and we could put an end to things like poverty and under developed countries if all the money in the world was spread out evenly.

Back in the time the novel was written rich people had the opportunity to not fight in the war because of their wealth, they could pay their way out of fighting, whilst the poor people had no choice in going or not. This is a very big disavantage to the people, being forced to go to war even though they could've never done wrong in their lives and been kind-hearted.

William Goulding reinforces this assumption because his storyline, language and the character of Jack fit the stereotype of 'rich are better than poor'.

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2 years ago

The cultural assumption that is being discussed within this blog post is the assumption that 'rich people are better than the poor'. I feel like you could go into a little further detail about the assumption and outline/describe it more clearly. The examples that are used to help understand the cultural assumption is through the use of characterisation. Jack Merridew, backs up this assumption by being chosen for the chief of the group. He believes he is the only capable boy for this role as he is a chorister and head boy, he can sing a C sharp. This character uses a quote, "I ought to be chief" to state his belief that he is better than the rest. To link this cultural assumption to the context you have spoken about how the rich people could pay their way out of fighting whereas the poor had no choice. This was done well to link it to the time and place of this novel. You could try to include more of what the author feels on the topic of 'rich are better than the poor'. A similarity between both our novels is about the social class and how the rich people will have a more successful life. This blog post was done very well !😄