Lord of the Flies Project

Jack's Tribe

Jack's tribe has a Dictator type of government. Jack is behaving like a dictator. Dictator is a person who rules a country or a community with total authority and often in a cruel or brutal way(Merriam). Dictator don't want to listen anything against his rules and thoughts. Dictator always want to gain more power and strength, even if he has to kill someone to do that. Jack's tribe resembles with ISIS because ISIS is also doing the same thing. They are killing people just to make them follow their rules and beliefs. They want everyone to obey their orders and in order to do so, they are even killing innocents in a very brutal way.There are many quotes in the book "Lord of the flies" which show the dictatorship of Jack. "He is going to beat.............noisily in the background."(Pg 159-160). This quote shows abusing of power by Jack which is one of the characteristics of Dictator. "Far off along the ........................ Piggy's broken glasses." (Pg 168). This quote shows that Jack even started to attack Ralph's group in the night to get what he want without any permission by using his power.

Ralph's Tribe

Ralph's tribe has democratic characteristics because Ralph beliefs on democracy and cares about other. Democracy is a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting or a situation in which everyone is treated equally and has equal rights(Merriam). United States of America & U.K are one of the best republic & democratic countries in the world. For democracy USA have the following goals to
  • Promote democracy as a means to achieve security, stability, and prosperity for the entire world;
  • Assist newly formed democracies in implementing democratic principles;
  • Assist democracy advocates around the world to establish vibrant democracies in their own countries; and
  • Identify and denounce regimes that deny their citizens the right to choose their leaders in elections that are free, fair, and transparent.(Democracy).
Democratic governments always care about their civilians and also help other countries to get in better position. Ralph has all those characteristics because he is kind, caring and organize. There are some quotes that proves him as a democratic leader. "If we have a signal going, they'll come and take us off. And another thing. we ought to have more rules. Where the conch is, that's a meeting. The same up here as down here" (Pg 42). This quote shows his caring and organizing ability as a leader."I'm chief. We've got to make certain that there is no beast....There's no signal showing on the mountain. There may be a ship out there."(Pg 98). This quote shows that he cares about others and himself to get rescued. He isn't thinking about just himself, he cares about others too.

My Government

Democracy would be my first choice for my own island society. In Democracy, people can choose their own leader who represents their vision and belief. Democracy represents the people and give freedom to everyone. Democracy supports, respect & promotes human rights(Democracy).

  1. Every one has a right to vote (includes children older than age 10)
  2. Leader will be chosen by the community through elections.
  3. Everyone has a freedom of conscience and religion.
  4. Everyone has a freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.
  5. Freedom of Peaceful assembly and association.(Constitution)
  6. Everyone has a right to criticize the leader.
  7. Everyone has a right to talk to the leader.
  8. Every type of violence is prohibited.
  9. Community can select their own judge to seek a justice in any case,
  10. Elections will be held every five years to select the leader and judge.

I will enforce my rules by following steps:
  • I will keep the consequences of any violation reasonable to help ensure enforcement.
  • I will call assembly every month and listen their problems. I will motivate them be a good citizens.
  • I will recall the rules in every meeting.

Historical Example of a country affected by in-fighting

Belgium (WW1)

During World War 1, Belgium opted to remain neutral because of the small amount of military to fight against France and Germany. Invaded by Germany, as the most effective route for an invasion of France was through Belgium. Devastated by the Germans in WWI, and further damaged when Germany refused to pay war reparations after the war which really affected the government economically. 62000 civilians and 42,987 military personals died during the invasion which was 1.4% of the total population(Effect).

"Ralph! Ralph!.................more audible" (Pg 166-167) This quote describes the event when Jack's group invaded the territory of Ralph, started beating them and stole the spears of Piggy which was like a piece of gold for them. They didn't kill anyone on that moment but later when Piggy and Ralph requested Jack to gave the spears back, they killed Piggy in return.

Current Political Conflict/War

Israel and Palestine Explained

Israel and Palestine Conflict

Israel is the world's only Jewish state, located just east of the Mediterranean Sea. Palestinians, the Arab population that hails from the land Israel now controls, refer to the territory as Palestine, and want to establish a state by that name on all or part of the same land. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is over who gets what land and how it's controlled. Though both Jews and Arab Muslims date their claims to the land back a couple thousand years, the current political conflict began in the early 20th century. The peace negotiations fell apart and, in July and August 2014, the conflict escalated to a full-on war b/w Israel and Hamas(Gaza Army). The primary approach to solving the conflict today is a so-called "two-state solution" that would establish Palestine as an independent state in Gaza and most of the West Bank, leaving the rest of the land to Israel. Though the two-state plan is clear in theory, the two sides are still deeply divided over how to make it work in practice.

The alternative to a two-state solution is a "one-state solution," wherein all of the land becomes either one big Israel or one big Palestine. Most observers think this would cause more problems than it would solve, but this outcome is becoming more likely over time for political and demographic reasons.(Beauchamp).

Strength and Weaknesses of Israel

USA is one of the big supporter of Israel who is giving millions of dollars to to maintain military and buy weapons. Some other countries also support Israel. Israel also contains best air defense system, modern airplanes and missiles. One big weakness of Israel is its defense system which can't destroy all missiles in air.

Strength and Weaknesses of Palestine

Russia, Iran and Lebanon are one of the big supporters of Palestine. Palestine also has many old missiles that was fired on Israel. Palestinian people also support Hamas and their army. Their weakness is the lackness of technology and modern weapons.

According to this information, this conflict will not solve sooner. Israel has a big chance to win the war but Palestine is also a strong opponent due to the support of Iran and Hezbollah. It might be possible that they will be agree on two state solution if other countries play some positive role.

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