Lord of the Flies:
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.