Lord of the Flies:

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After reading a bit of Lord of the Flies I have noticed the cultural assumption that to be a man you had to be fit and strong so you could fight for your country. The authors William Golding has created some very interesting characters to show this.

Ralph, the novel's protagonist, is a strong, blonde boy with an athletic build. He treats Piggy, a large, overweight boy, also stranded on the Island, unfairly because he is weak and has asthma. A quote to show this is, "The fat boy stood by him, breathing hard. "my auntie told me not to run" he explained, "on account of my asthma." "Ass-mar?" that’s right.

Jack, the novel's antagonist, fights Ralph to be the man in charge. Even though Ralph has the conch, which means he has the power, Jack challenges him and moves his group to the smoking hill. A quote to show this is "him with the shell." "Ralph! Ralph!" "let him be chief with the trumpet thing." Ralph raised hand for silence. "all right. Who wants Jack for chief?" with dreary obedience the choir raised their hands. "who wants me?"

Like Ralph, Jack is also very critical of Piggy and is very mean. As Jack says, "then," went on piggy, "that boy- I forget-" "you're talking too much," said Jack Merridew. "shut up, fatty."

I think that people were judged to much on something that can be fixed, now if you have asthma your not treated any different, your given more medical treatment. Nowadays men are treated no different from each other, whether your muscly or not because it doesn’t matter. The stereotype of what a man is has changed from being fit and healthy to being a good person whether your big or not.

William Golding reinforces the cultural assumption because his main characters fit the stereotype that men should be strong.

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2 years ago

Your Tackk post has several quotes that explain the cultural assumption within the novel, and you explain the quotes and provide some modern context to show how to the cultural assumption has evolved over time, which is interesting.

1. While you say the cultural assumption of the Tackk is that ''to be a man you had to be fit and strong so you could fight'' you later state that the cultural assumption is that ''men should be strong.'' Though they sound the same on a surface level, they are different, as one involves fighting for one's country, the other is related on a more everyday level.
2. The examples can be attributed towards both, and aren't really linked back towards the cultural assumption; they are only linked in with the context inside the novel.
3. You only use quotes, and none of them are very clear. You don't explain them in the deeper context of society, and only the immediate novel context. I can see some characterization, but I think you need to explain how characterization was used in the novel to enforce the cultural assumption.
4. For your explanation, you used a little of modern day context with societies perception of men, but you didn't link it back into the 1950's context and how that impacted on the characters.
5. You mention the author, but don't link the cultural assumption back into him, or how he enforced the cultural assumption.
6. Your novel and mine - The Catcher in the Rye - are extremely different novels, but both contain similar elements of 1950's society and culture.

I look forward to your next two blog posts.