AP English Language & Composition
16 February 2010
School Bully vs. Country Dictator
There’s a thin line in what defines a bully and what defines a dictator. The same line is often crossed back and forth. By definition a bully is a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people and a dictator is a person who uses absolute, unrestricted control to rule over a group of inferior people. These two definitions are interchangeable between the two types of rulers.
Both bullies and dictators are the supreme rules of the territory they’ve chosen to name theirs. They rely on and base their thoughts on Darwinist thoughts and systems of survival of the fittest. The bully who lives to torment the other classmates, only goes after those who he believes will not be able to defend themselves against him. Easy prey. But of course the alpha lion needs his subservient pride to help him defend his territory. The pride is made up of companions that are just as power hungry as the bully but can’t overthrow him. These “gooneys” help the bully take care of the “light weight” or in other words the kids who the bully can’t take care of by himself. These followers are basically the bully’s lion cubs that, once they leave school, will go off to rule their own territory one day. Without them establishing his rule would be significantly more difficult to a near impossible.
The dictator is just in a higher lever than the average school bully in the hierarchy of rulers. Instead of being the alpha lion, a dictator is the saber tooth tiger. Just like the bully this dictator tends his pride to do as they are told in order to maintain control of his territory. The way to tell whether the person you’re looking at is a lion (bully) or saber tooth tiger (dictator) is that a dictator must be stronger. This is because he has so much more land than the bully. He has an entire country worth of land and also...
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