Haq Ismail: Lord of the Flies
Here Haq describes a ‘top dog’ culture at his school.
TranscriptBut it was very kind of like, you know, Lord of the Flies, it’s very much of a top dog kind of – the ones who were the more influential, the stronger characters kind of ruled the roost and stuff and those were – you know, those of us who felt less empowered, who weren’t as strong, we kind of fitted in with the Ralphs of this world. I aligned myself more with Piggy really, Lord of the Flies, but I didn’t die at the end which is good, I made it through. So with me I was, you know, I found myself being a more of a placater so I’d kind of like placate those who were potential bullies and stuff and I would – you know, I’d just get on with everyone, yeah, you know, so I was just a mixer really. So I mean call it self preservation, call it survival, whatever you like, that’s the way that I got through those early years.
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