Lord of the Flies Project

Anthony Farine Period 2

Types of Government

The type of government represented in Jack's Tribe is a dictatorship. A dictatorship is a form of government in which one person or a small group possesses absolute power without effective constitutional limitations. (Encyclopedia Brittanica) Dictators usually employ the use of force to gain political power. They also use mass propaganda to maintain public support. The type of government represented in Ralph's tribe is a democracy. They elected a leader and everyone has an equal say as long as they have the conch. A democracy allows the people to elect their leader as the boys elected Ralph.

“Shut up, fatty!” This quote by Jack shows his attempt to have control over the other boys, with this remark directed at Piggy.

"Kill the pig, cut its throat, spill its blood" This is another quote by Jack showing how he is commanding his group.

"But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch." This quote describes Ralph and his use of the conch to give everyone representation.

"'Him with the shell.' 'Ralph! Ralph!' 'Let him be the chief with the trumpet-thing.' Ralph raised a hand for silence...'Who wants me?' Every hand outside the choir except Piggy's was raised immediately. Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air." This quote shows how Ralph was elected to be leader by the other boys.

My Society

The type of government I would chose for my island society would be democracy. This would be the most effective choice because there would be no abuse of power. The constitution would be: 1) The leader is elected by the people or the group. 2) Everyone has a say in how the island is run. 3) Representatives will be appointed based on the population. 4) The society will be divided into a hunting group, a construction group, and a medical team. 5) No one can switch groups once trained and appointed. 6) There will be no murder. 7) There will be no stealing supplies. 8) Everyone must work together. 9) Anyone who breaks away from the group will not be welcomed back. 10) The hunters are responsible for gathering food and water, the construction group are responsible for building shelters, and the medical team will take care of the sick members of the group.

There will also be a form of law enforcement to make sure all the rules are adhered to and everyone survives.

English Civil War

The English Civil War started in 1642 when Charles I raised his royal standard in Nottingham. The country was divided into supporters of Charles I and supporters of Parliament. (History Learning Site) The nobility, landowners and Anglicans supported Charles I, and the townspeople and people who lived in cities supported Parliament. Charles was eventually tried and executed and Parliament stayed in power.

"He's hunting. And he said we weren't to let you in." This quote by Robert is in response to Ralph asking where Jack is. Robert split from the group to follow Jack much like English citizens followed Charles I.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

An example of a current conflict between opposing groups is the Israeli-Palestinian 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. There hasn't been an attempt by either side to solve the conflict other than battles between both sides. (If Americans Knew) I believe that Israel will win this conflict because they are a more powerful country with a strong army and powerful government as well as have many more resources and money.
Israel Palestine Conflict in 2 minutes

Works Cited

"Dictatorship | Political Science." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

"The English Civil War." The English Civil War. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. Print.

"A Synopsis of TheIsrael/Palestine Conflict." A Synopsis of the Israel/Palestine Conflict. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.