Dehumanization plays a huge role in both Lord of the Flies and Every Last Word. Piggy, in Lord of Flies, was made fun of for his asthma and his glasses. They would take his specs from him and use them to start the fires. One night when the groups were asleep, Jacks group snuck over to where Piggy and Ralph were sleeping and attacked them. They beat them up and stole Piggy’s glasses and broke them. After he found them he could only see out of one eye. In Every Last Word, Sarah and AJ are dehumanized. Sarah was part of the crazy eight’s but when she decided she wanted to join the play, the crazy eight’s made fun of her and disowned her from the group. They continued to make fun of her when they saw her down the halls or when she came up in a conversation. AJ had a stutter at a young age; in elementary school members of the crazy eights would make fun of him and follow him around taunting him. He eventually went to therapy for it and he switched schools because he couldn’t get away from the bullying.
“You’re always scared. Yah-Fatty!” (Golding, 45)
“You shut up!” (Golding, 46)
“Ralph made a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy’s head. Piggy’s glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks.” (Golding, 71)
“Andrew Olsen. Remember? Fourth grade. Mrs. Collins’s class?...She shakes her hips and sings, “A-A-A-Andrew…” to the tune of the Chia Pet jingle, and then she starts cracking up...We used to follow him around singing that song…” (Stone, 88)