Lord of the Flies

Jack's Tribe

Jack's tribe would be considered to be a dictatorship which is defined as a form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator. In Jack's case he is the dictator who has total control over everyone else. A dictatorship is ruled by one person and backed up by the military to keep their power and control (citelighter). Jack is basically able to do or say whatever he wants, and the others have no say in any decisions.

Examples from the text...

"... Jack, painted and garlanded, sat there like an idol. There were piles of meat on green leaves near him, and fruit, and coconut shells full of drink" (Chp. 9).

- in this example Jack is acting like a dictator because he has everything all to himself and he is in control of all of the other boys by having them be his servants.

Ralph's Tribe

On the other hand, Ralph's tribe would be considered a democracy because he is the main leader, but he still lets the others have a say in what they do. A democracy is the system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected officials. It is also the type of government where everyone is treated equal and has equal rights (Merriam). Ralph was elected by the others on the island as leader, and he listens to what others say, which shows that Ralph represents more of a democracy.

Examples from the text...

"Every hand outside the choir except Piggy's was raised immediately. Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air".

- Ralph was having a vote for who should be chief which shows that Ralph follows a democracy.

My form of Government

I feel that a good type of government would be a mix between a democracy and Oligarchy. I feel like instead of just having just one main leader there should be about 3. If you have just one leader, the power and control they have can easily overcome them and make them abuse that power. Although, if you have 3 people in charge they can all help make decisions and check each other to not let one of them have too much power.

My Rules:

1. Leaders will be chosen by a majority vote from the group

2. Be responsible and respectful to others

3. Do your designated job without complaining or arguing

4. Always do whatever you can to help the group

5. Do not use violence against others in the group or commit any crimes

6. Listen to those who are in charge

7. Never leave the rest of the group unless you are with someone else

8. Everyone will be treated equal as long as they treat everyone else the same

9. Everyone will have a say in the decisions that are made

10. Each person will have their designated living space

I would try to enforce these rules by giving everyone 3 strikes before anything bad happens. By doing this no one will be punished for an accident that may happen, but if it continues to happen they will have to be punished. Everyone is going to make a mistake at some point, so if you give them 3 strikes they can think about what they've done and fix it for next time. I would do my best to keep everyone in line so that we could function and grow as a society.

Korean War

The Korean war began on June 25, 1950 when soldiers from North Korean crossed the 38th Parallel into South Korea. The Korean war was fairly short, but it had many casualties. More then 5 million people died in total. 10% of those people were just normal civilians. Both nation suffered massive damage to their economies and infrastructure due to the bombing and loss of skilled workers. After the war, South Korean was able to modernize and industrialize with help from the USA, while North Korea went into crisis (Korean War).

Quote from the text...

"All you littluns, go to sleep. We've just had a fight with the others."

- In this part of the book Jack's tribe decided to attacks Ralph's tribe, which is just like what North Korea did to South Korea. They left their area to go and attack the others. Unlike the Korean War, no one was hurt or killed but it's the same idea.

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Modern Conflict

An example of a modern conflict is is the War against ISIS. ISIS are trying to be a world power and everyone else is trying to stop them. They use fear to stay in power and control people, as opposed to democracy. The strengths that the ISIS have is that they are fearful to others and use force to get what they want. Their weakness is the number of people they have, and they don't have any other countries to help. The people fighting against them have more in numbers, and more support from allies, although, their weakness is struggling with controlling them and reasoning with them. I believe the people fighting against ISIS will end up winning because they have more people behind them, and more support.


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