Blog 2, Lord of the Flies

I have still been reading lord of the flies and I have found another cultural assumption, and it is that 'rich is better than the poor'. The best way Golding shows this is through the antagonist Jack Merridew.

The technique 'language' backs up this cultural assumption by Golding making Jack head of the 'choir' and a quote from the book to show this assumption 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 boy able to be the leader of the group, but Ralph and the boys that aren't in the choir think different.

This cultural assumption is relevant to today's society because some people still believe that rich is better than the poor, and the amount of money that could be sent to undeveloped countries instead of spending it on unnecessary things. If the money was spread out evenly through the world it would be the end of poverty.

Back in the 1950's, when war was occurring, the wealthy had a choice whether they wanted to fight in war or not where the poor didn’t have a choice. This was a very unfair advantage towards the poor because most of the people couldve been innocent and kind-hearted yet they were forced to fight for their country and sacrifice their lives.

William Golding reinforces this cultural assumption through the plot of the story, language and the character Jack Merridew and his 'stereotype' attitude towards rich is better then the poor.

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