What are some quotes throughout Lord of the Flies that represent bullying on the island?

There are many quotes that represent bullying in Lord of the Flies. In chapter 1, Jack tells Piggy, "Shut up, Fatty," and Ralph tells Piggy, "Sucks to your auntie!" and "Sucks to your ass-mar!" In chapter 4, Roger and Maurice destroy the littluns' sandcastles. Golding writes, "Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen stones. Maurice followed, laughing, and added to the destruction."

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His specs—use them as burning glasses!

Though Jack knows full well that Piggy's short-sighted and can't see a thing without his glasses, he doesn't hesitate to grab them in order to use their lenses to reflect sunlight and start a fire.

Such utter contempt for Piggy is in keeping with the general attitude of the boys on the island toward him. They don't see him as a normal human being, but as a figure of fun, an object of hatred and derision. An overweight boy with glasses who's very good at his schoolwork—a "swot" in the parlance of English schoolboys—Piggy is an easy target for bullying. And Jack, for one, is certainly not about to pass up the opportunity to single him out for especially rough treatment.

Eat! Damn you!

This is Jack again, this time bullying the other boys into eating the pig they've just killed. He doesn't want them to eat because he's concerned that they're not eating enough; he wants them to eat the pig as an acknowledgement of his hunting skills. Though he may be a...

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