Lord of the Flies

Andrew Marnoch

Types of Government

Democracy: A democracy is a form of government in which all people in a state are in charge of making decisions about the state's affairs. This is usually done by electing representatives to make the decisions. Democracy is the most common form of government seen throughout today's world.

Republic: A republic is a form of government in which all the power in a state is handled by elected officials representing a citizen body. This differs from a democracy, in that power is not directly held with the citizens, but rather by those elected by the citizens.

Monarchy: A monarchy is a form of government in which power is held by one or several individuals until the point of death or resignation. This is the form of government we see when a king or a queen is involved. Monarchy is often considered to be an abuse of power, which is why it is not very common today.

Totalitarian: Totalitarianism is a form of government in which the state holds authority over society and seeks to control all aspects of day-to-day life. There are usually only a few people involved in the government. This small group of people, often times led by a dictator, may not have even been elected. Examples of this are Nazi Germany and The Soviet Union under Stalin.

Jack's Tribe

Jack's tribe is a good representation of a Totalitarian government.This is because he has full control over his group, and there is no democracy involved. He also tends to run it with a military mindset. On page 101 in chapter 6, Jack says, "Conch! Conch! We don't need the conch anymore. We know who ought to say things." This is an example of him showing his dislike for democracy.

Ralph's Tribe

As opposed to Jack's totalitarian mindset, Ralph runs his tribe in a more democratic way. He allows people to have a say in all decisions they make, and does not run the tribe all by himself. For these reasons, his tribe is an example of a direct democracy. This is because every member of the tribe has an equal say in things, and they all participate in making the decisions. Ralph showed early that he wanted a democratic system when he said, "We can't have everybody talking at once. We'll have 'hand up' like at school" (Page 33, Chapter 2).

My Government

For my island, I would choose the option of having a representative democracy. This allows everyone to have an equal say in things, but it does not force everyone to participate in making every single decision. I believe on an island in a survival scenario like this, there would be more pressing issues than voting on things (i.e. gathering food, making shelter, etc.). The islanders would elect those they think are most fit to make the decisions, and then allow them to vote on things.


1) All members of society will have the right to free speech.

2) Members will be forced to vote in all elections of leaders.

3) Any attempt to injure another citizen will result in a sentencing of manual labor.

4) All crimes will be met with a trial by jury of your peers.

5) All members of the society will be forced to participate in the jury for every case.

6) Execution will be used on any citizen who makes an attempt to kill another citizen.

7) If the tribe comes under attack, all citizens must come to its defense.

8) All citizens must provide food and shelter for themselves, with no help from the government.

9) All decisions made by the jury are final.

10) Before an execution takes, all citizens must reach a 2/3 vote in favor of the penalty,

Historical Example of Infighting

The U.S. Civil War was fought between The United States of America and The Confederate States of America. It lasted from 1860-1865 and started after the Confederacy seceded from The Union. It affected the population greatly, as 620,000 lives were lost in the war. It didn't have a huge effect on the land, however many historic battle places now have monuments in place. The government was reshaped to the way it was before the war, and The Confederacy once again joined The Union as one. When the boys were killing Robert on the island, it was noted that "Robert squealed in mock terror. Then in real pain." This shows how the boys were turning against each other when they should have been working towards a common goal.
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Current Political Conflict

The Iranian government has expressed interest in obtaining nuclear missiles for a few years now, but countries such as the United States have condemned their actions. The U.S. has asked them to comply with UN regulations, but so far they have not been listening. This is dangerous because it strengthens Iran greatly and gives them a lot of power that other countries do not have. This has caused the relationship between the US and Iran to be strained.
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Works Cited

"CFR Conflict Tracker." CFR. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

"Democracy." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

"Monarchy." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

"Republic." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

"Totalitarianism." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.