Lord of the Flies

William Golding

Government shown from Ralph's Group/Tribe

Ralph's group demonstrates their structure/order as a democracy. The definition of a modern day democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. The reason why Ralph's tribe shows this type of government is because he is fair and gives everyone freedom yet he does want some rules. He holds meetings and gets a groups input instead of taking everything upon himself. One of his most important rules was to keep the fire going which he desperately tried to succeed at in order to be rescued.

Government shown from Jack's Group/Tribe

Jack's tribe demonstrates a dictatorship. A dictatorship is a government lead by one person, without anyone's input whatsoever. Clearly Jack can display a dictatorship because of his selfishness and abuse of power especially towards the end of the novel. Jack abuses his power in many ways such as forcing the members of his group to hunt and tie other boys up when they have done no wrong. For example a quote on page 159 says, "he got angry and made us tie Wilfred up. He's been.. tied up for hours waiting".

The Ideal Government

I believe in this situation, a republic would be the best option for the boys. Each older boy would have their own role in the government and everyone would have a say. This would cause less stress over everybody, there would be rule/order, and everyone will have freedoms.


How this government will work:

People will be nominated for which position best suits them.

Everyone else will vote and people will be elected to take role in their specified position.

The government will operate how it should and social order will be a success.

Real Life Example!

A real life example of a country affected by in-fighting is the violence in the Central African Republic. A group named Seleka has attacked the Central African Republic or (CAR). This group, Seleka, is a Muslim group fighting against government which is in favor of Christian society. The group launched an attack against the CAR government in December 2012, taking over the capital city of Bangui in March 2013. Since then, tensions between Christians and muslims have increased and its lead to a break down of the government and society. Mass atrocities have occurred.


This is a great example because it relates to the same situation the boys went through in Lord of the Flies. This is because they formed two different groups with different ideals in the same area of land. This "in-fighting" led to mass destruction and casualties that were never planned.