Lord of the Flies Analysis: Bullying
Fear is the kid in the sandbox carefully building his sandcastle out of survival and sanity. Power is the boy stomping his way over to Fear, reaching down for a handful of sand to hurl into his eyes. Control, power's identical twin, stomps on Fear's sandcastle until every block of hope disintegrates. Fear cries and crashes down to the floor, as Power and Control cackle at his pain. Their father, Bully, pats them on the shoulder and laughs along with them, proud that one day, his sons will be just like him.
William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies answers the question asked by many school officials and parents alike: When, if ever, does teasing and goading cross the line into bullying? Through the misfortunate adventures of Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and the other boys on the island, it is revealed that teasing and goading turns into bullying the moment the victim starts feeling powerless. According to Tara L. Kuther's article "Understanding Bullying", the bully and victim relationship blooms from an "imbalance of power" where the victim finds it hard to "defend him-or herself" (Understanding Bullying 51). Once the Victim feels belittled, the line separating teasing and bullying becomes crossed. The victim of the bullying feels as if they are too weak to answer back. Those targeted by a large group may feel even more powerless as well. When Piggy was trying to get attention from a group of boys in order to give them important information, one of them yelled "Shut up!" at him, to which "Piggy wilted"(Golding 58). Piggy, who is a constant target throughout the length of the story, may feel powerless towards the rest of the boys. When he tries to assert leadership, he backs off timidly because he feels irrelevant. This position makes him an easy target. Through Kuther's definition of bullying, Piggy is classified as a hopeless victim.
The majority of victims may see themselves in Piggy's shoes as a powerless victim of bullying....