Lord of the flies Project

Zachary Bearley

Types of Government

Democracy- a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Democracy is what we use here in the United States, and to us, it seems the most fair; majority wins. The boys try democracy out on the island near the beginning of the story when all the boys vote Ralph into leadership. "Shut up," said Ralph absently. He lifted the conch. "Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things."

"A chief! A chief!"

"I ought to be chief," said Jack with simple arrogance, "because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp." (pg. 22)

This quote shows democracy because the boys all decide who should be candidates, and then the others vote on who they think will be best.

Republic - A form of government in which power is explicitly vested in the people, who in turn exercise their power through elected representatives. A republic is good in that the people have all the power, and they chose others to represent them. And the leaders do what is best for everyone, not just some people. Ralph always showed good attributed of a Republic because he was about the goal of getting rescued, which was the most important thing to all the children. "A fire! Make a fire!" (pg. 38) A republic is good for this situation because it is focused on the greater good of the society as a whole.

Monarchy - A monarchy is a system of government where the "kings" are already chosen by the king before and stay king until they die or are overthrown somehow. Jack is the best example of a monarch because he comes onto the island already thinking he should be the king. Which in a way is good because he has that natural leadership that sometimes makes great leaders.

My Society

If I were to run a society, would want it to be fair, so I would likely go with a republic. I feel everyone should have a say it what happens and how rules are conducted. People would gain power by people elected them to be in a position of power. We will be a very peaceful society and not have any need for a military or weapons.

1) No physical fighting

2) No stealing

3) Murder is punished by death

4) Driving under the influence is a strict law

5) Drugs & alcohol are illegal and punished with fines

6) Public nudity is okay

7) Public intoxication is against the law

8) Swearing is frowned upon

9) No foraging without a partner

10) Don't eat anything that hasn't been deemed safe to consume.

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