Pig Heads & Pig Headedness: The Lord Of The Flies Comes

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Pig Heads & Pig-Headedness: The Lord of the Flies Comes Alive in American High Schools "The Lord of the Flies" is a poignant novel written by William Golding in the mid-1950's. In his book, Golding describes how a group of young British boys shipwrecked on a deserted island eventually loose the constrictions of society and descends into anarchy and chaos. A frighteningly large number of parallels can be found between this literary masterpiece and public high schools. The greater part of these parallels are between characters in the novel and the different social groups in high school.Many of the main characters in Golding's novel can symbolize major social groups in public high schools. First, there is Ralph, an innocent adolescent boy with the potential for both good and evil. Ralph is reminecent of most students, starting out their high school careers mostly innocent and neither good or evil. Some students even have leadership abilities like Ralph and are put into positions of power (ie. -student council). High school, like the island, seems like a paradise to them with more freedom and less constraints. Like in the novel, the students opinions change over time as new problems, responsibility and work come into view.Other students are like Jack in high school: cruel, malicious, lusting for power and only getting worse over time. Often they use their physical size to overwhelm and pick on others, and they have a large potential, which is often used, for evil. This is the classic high school bully. Although few in number, they...

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