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How do Hill and Golding Create Sympathy for one Character in Each Text

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐How do the Writers Create Sympathy for one Character in Each Text Golding and Hill create harsh oppressive environments that are seen to challenge and break down the characters that face them. Golding does this to Piggy in ?Lord of the Flies? and Hill does this to Kingshaw ?I?m The King of The Castle?. Both authors make their characters victims of the English class system, of brutal savagery and of injustice. Golding begins to make the readers feel sympathetic quite early on in the novel by showing Piggy as a victim of the class system. He accomplishes this through the comment that the boys were a ?closed circuit of sympathy with Piggy outside?. The inherent difference between Piggy and the boys makes it instantly clear to the readers that the rest of the children view Piggy as an outsider and not one of them; most likely because they see him as inferior as they come from a private school and are in the upper-class while Piggy is not.. This almost abandonment of Piggy by the others so early on in the novel really makes the reader sympathise with Piggy as he is seen as someone who is unfairly being neglected for menial reasons. ...read more.


Golding demonstrates this almost immediately after the arrival of Piggy. When Piggy is first described he is labelled by the narrator as ?the fat boy?. The term ?fat? is usually used in a negative context and so by using it as the sole way of describing Piggy shows that without even knowing anything about him people automatically discriminate against him and label him as fat. This injustice is further compounded on by the fact that Piggy never truly gets a name. Instead he is only referred to as ?Piggy?, a derogatory term which likens him to a pig. This is only made worse when Ralph shares this name with the rest of the boys despite Piggy asking him specifically not to. This disregard of wishes along with the refusal of the boys to give Piggy a real name makes the readers empathise with Piggy and his struggles. The second most significant case of injustice faced by Piggy comes after his death. After said moment, Jack responds by screaming ?See? See? That?s what you?ll get!?. The sheer disrespect Jack displays at this moment acts to shock the reader and further distance themselves from Jack and further empathise with Piggy. ...read more.


This is a truly emotive part in the story and it allows the reader to reflect on the novel as a whole and see how it has led to Kingshaw being in the place he is, and upon doing so the reader can become truly aware as to how much of a tragic character Kingshaw really is. Hill then shows the reader just how truly sadistic Hooper is by describing him as feeling a ?spurt of triumph? upon seeing Kingshaw's dead body. Seeing a character react so positively to another character's death is a truly jarring experience and Hill uses this to remind the reader what Kingshaw has been having to experience on a daily basis. This results in the reader finally being able to grasp the severity of Kingshaw's situation and therefore truly empathise with him. Both authors present the injustice the characters face as a result of prejudice based on social status and appeared masculinity. In doing so they criticise the traditional patriarchal values of society. Both authors demonstrate the dangers that come with societies based around patriarchy and class status by showing the damage the damage it can do to the individual and society as a whole ...read more.

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