Cultural Influence In Lord Of The Flies

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William Golding's story about a group of schoolboys who are plane wrecked on a (having no people) island is just as scary today as when it was first published in 1954. After a huge plane crash in the ocean a group of military students finds an island. Ralph the athletic, interesting and well-liked the main character of the book, organizes the group, assigning responsibilities for everyone. When jack the rebel, a tall, thin and bony boy with red hair refuses to do what he was assigned to do with Ralph (build a fire) they miss their chance to get spotted by a helicopter or boat. The group decides to split up one leader jack and the other Ralph. Jack fears that his group would (leave behind and alone permanently) him, he spreads fear into…show more content…
Piggy, one of the main characters is influenced greatly by his cultural background. He is a polite, soft spoken person that people tend to neglect. Piggy believes people need to not be afraid to be themselves. This is evident in the novel. "Life is scientific, that's what it is. In a year or two when the world is over they'll be traveling to Mars and back. I know there isn't no beast—not with claws and all that I mean—but I know there isn't no fear either." "Unless we get frightened of people." (Golding 104) There's nothing to be afraid of, says Piggy unless we start to fear other people. Piggy is reassuring the other boys on the island that "the only thing to fear is fear itself". Piggy has faith in other people to carry their own weight. He even says that his "mama" raised him to expect a lot from others, and he is often let down. Piggy originally wanted to be the leader of the island of boys, but the boys voted for Ralph because of his fair hair. It was later determined that Piggy, the fat boy no one seemed to like, would've turned out to be the more superior leader of the

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