Lord of the Flies: Blog 2

The cultural assumption in 'The Lord of the Flies' by William Goulding, is that the rich are deemed to be much better rather than the poor. The character Goulding uses to portray the cultural assumption is the antagonist, Jack, who claims he has better knowledge and understanding than anyone else because of his wealth. Goulding uses the story line to back up this assumption also, by making Jack the leader of his group whom is most likely known as the 'choir'.

A few examples of this cultural assumption is in the orientation of the story when Ralph blows the conch and meets Jack and his group. Jack argues with Piggy and says; “I ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.” and Jack dragged his eyes away from the fire. “You’re always scared. Yah–Fatty!”

Being a part of the choir at the school made Jack more important than the other boys because of his well-known Dad. Jack is the main cause of the civil war between the boys, he begins the fight by arguing with Ralph and undermining his authority. He also takes his group away from the main group and they begin killing the pigs.

He raised his arm in the air. There came a pause, a hiatus, the pig continued to scream and the creepers to jerk, and the blade continued to flash at the end of a bony arm.

“Tonight we’re having a feast. We’ve killed a pig and we’ve got meat. You can come and eat with us if you like.”

I think this cultural assumption is very relevant in today's society, as rich people claim they are more important because of how much money they have. Rich people could put a stop to poverty if they were not so greedy.

In the 1950's England, people began to realise that it is the powerful and rich who started the war but the poor who had to fight in it without a choice. Goulding is showing that he went through this when he was forced to fight in the war and wants to show people how unfair it was.

Rich people could pay a price to not participate in the War, meaning poor people had to attend War no matter what. This was an unfair advantage because poor people didn’t have the right to have a say in what they thought mattered. War is a life or death situation and the fact that the rich have a choice and the poor don’t is appalling.

In my opinions, Goulding does challenge the assumptions by making Simon, Ralph and Jack a small group of three, whereas they all have the same capabilities even though they all don’t have the same amount of money. Jack seems to be a lot more vain and self-centred compared to the other two, which is what most rich people's personalities are.

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2 years ago

I really enjoyed reading your blog post as I like the way that you started in your first paragraph. I found out that the cultural assumption you are writing about is that the rich are deemed to be better than the poor. The examples do help me to understand the cultural assumption that you are writing about. I can identify the elements being language and characterisation used to enhance the text and make your blog better. You have linked the assumption to the text well and I like how you have said the author and their view about the cultural assumption. Our books both don’t have this cultural assumption but they are based around the same time. Well done 😊