Issues With Government Depicted In Golding's Lord Of The Flies And Jackson's The Lottery

898 words - 4 pages

Although humans beings are flawed and make mistakes, in order for a government to ever be civilized, just, and effective, there needs to be a structured system of democracy that maintains a system of checks and balances. Also within the society there needs to be people, whether they are leaders or not, that have moral stability, and the knowledge and understanding to play the role they play in a government. In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, it is clear that both Golding and Jackson do not agree with their stories’ government; rather Golding and Jackson express, through the failure of their stories’ government, that in order for a government to be civilized, just, and effective, there needs to be a democracy, checks and balances, moral stability, equality, and lastly knowledge and understand.
Democracy is one of the first things that Golding introduces into his story as a form of government. “You try, Ralph. You’ll call the others” (Golding 16). This is the scene where democracy starts; Ralph calls the kids over with the conch, and once the kids gather to the island they automatically elect a leader. Golding shows how the kids are influenced in their societies because they have just recently been taken out of civilization, so they simulate the government their country has. Democracy defined is when the people govern themselves; in this case the kids chose whom to elect, and Ralph who is elected, forms groups of people to due certain tasks that will let them survive and get rescued. Golding believes democracy is necessary for a government, because the power is not placed on an individual, but rather on the society of people. This simplifies things, when more people have power, more ideas are created, which then can be put to action, and then there is more efficiency, which gives the government effectiveness.
Democracy by itself will not make a government civilized or just. Golding and Jackson make this clear. Both stories have democracies, but they both turned out in the end to either get someone stoned to death or someone being chased to the death. In order to have a just government you must have a system of checks and balances. Checks and balances is a system that splits up the powers of a government that allows for each of them to check each other so there is a balance in the powers. This is what keeps one leader from rising higher than the other and starts to rule over everyone. “I’m going off by myself. He can catch his own pigs. Anyone...

Find Another Essay On Issues with Government Depicted in Golding's Lord of the Flies and Jackson's The Lottery

William Golding's "Lord of the Flies".

895 words - 4 pages The Ironic BattlesThroughout William Golding's Lord of the Flies, irony is reflected among many topicsand between various characters. William Golding forces one to question and analyze the ironicact amongst the boys, the activities occurring on the island and the society that the boys are livingin.In Lord of the Flies, Golding depicted irony throughout the story with the boys on theisland to serve as a reality check for the reader, showing that

William Golding's Lord of the Flies

1763 words - 8 pages society everyone lives in. What would happen if the people’s democracy fell and everybody is left with nothing? How would the citizens react? Would they act like they were trained to do ever since they were born, or would they disregard all of it and do as they please because there is no definite authority figure to tell them how to live. In William Golding's, The Lord of the Flies, he brilliantly tells a story of life and death and everything

William Golding's Lord of the Flies

1766 words - 7 pages William Golding's Lord of the Flies The first chapter of the novel, The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding is effective in establishing the characters, concerns and language for the remainder of the book, as well as introducing the main themes of the novel; that the problems in society are related to the sinful nature of man and good verses evil. In Golding’s first chapter, the main characters are introduced, we see many ominous signs of

The Conch in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

2556 words - 10 pages The Conch in William Golding's Lord of the Flies In William Golding's novel “Lord of the Flies” he uses a lot of symbolism. The entire book is microcosm to the real world, as the novel is set at the time when World War II was going on and on the island there is a hunt at the end of the book symbolic of the war. A symbol Golding uses throughout the book is the conch. It represents authority and order. The person

William Golding's Lord of the Flies

1871 words - 7 pages William Golding's Lord of the Flies "Everything is breaking up. I don't know why." - Ralph What is going wrong on the island and why? The group of evacuees, all boys roughly aged between five and twelve, is dividing into two sets of people, each following either the ideal of civilisation, or the ideal of savagery. At the beginning of the novel, every boy, conditioned by society, was following the ideal of

William Golding's Lord of the Flies

1911 words - 8 pages William Golding's Lord of the Flies "After all were not savages, we're English and the English are best at everything." - Trace the decline of civilisation during the novel. In this novel we can see the disintegration of reason and civilisation, which is inversely proportional to the rise of hedonistic ideas and savagery. We can also see that the island is a microcosm of the rest of the world, which is also

William Golding's Lord of the Flies - 2526 words

2526 words - 10 pages William Golding's Lord of the Flies "In 'Lord of the flies' Golding is clearly seeking to explore fundamental human nature and this is apparent from the way in which he portrays the slackening hold of civilisation on the boys can the consequent atavistic regression. By reversing mankind's evolution, he strips the boys to their essential nature

William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

1629 words - 7 pages The author, William Golding uses the main characters of Ralph, Jack, and Simon in The Lord of the Flies to portray how their desire for leadership, combined with lack of compromise leads to the fall of their society. This desire for leadership and compromise led to the fall of their society just like multiple countries during times of wars

Jack the Egomaniac in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

1281 words - 5 pages Having an individual take control over a group is inevitable. Adolf Hitler took over Germany; at first he was appointed as chancellor but the Germans’ let him get away with taking over as dictator (Truemen , 2013). It was out of fear that the Germans’ let him be in power. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding utilizes Jack as the most important character in the novel because of how his psychological personality affects the plot. Jack, much like

Use of Symbolism in Golding's Lord of the Flies

1322 words - 5 pages Use of Symbolism in Golding's Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies, a suggestive name for the Devil, a devil whose name proposes that he is devoted to decay, destruction, demoralization and panic, exactly what William Golding had in mind when using symbolism in this novel. The Lord of the Flies (1954), is a novel in which interpretating the symbols are a main key to not only understanding, but also enjoying the novel. After tying many of

Symbolism in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"

1249 words - 5 pages creates his own hell" and that "the evil is in him" (29).The flies surrounding the sows head also represent evil. After Jack and the other boys kill the pig and sever its head, they see and hear the "buzzing of flies over the spilled guts" (137). After the other boys left Simon alone with the lord of the flies, the "black and iridescent green" flies begin to swarm around him as well (138). According to Fontana, flies are "considered to be driven

Similar Essays

Evolution Of Jack's Character Depicted In Golding's Novel, The Lord Of The Flies

983 words - 4 pages William Golding’s novel ‘The Lord of The Flies’ tells the story of a group of English boys isolated on a desert island, left to attempt to retain civilisation. In the novel, Golding shows one of the boys, Jack, to change significantly. At the beginning of the book, Jack’s character desires power and although he does not immediately get it, he retains the values of civilized behaviour. However, as the story proceeds, his character becomes more

Immorality Of Human Nature Depicted In Golding's Lord Of The Flies

992 words - 4 pages In Lord of the Flies, William Golding expresses the idea that humans are naturally immoral, and that people are moral only because of the pressures of civilization. He does this by writing about a group of boys, and their story of survival on an island. The civilized society they form quickly deteriorates into a savage tribe, showing that away from civilization and adults, the boys quickly deteriorate into the state man was millions of years

Analysis Of Peter Jackson's "Lord Of The Rings" And William Golding's "Lord Of The Flies" In Relation To The Speculative Fiction Genre

1851 words - 7 pages imagination and the sharing of it with others, the greatness such a race can have, the courage and hope present within all of us.Speculative composers ask us to imagine alternative worlds, which challenge and provoke controversy and debate about possibilities in human experience. Lord of the Flies is an unfortunate account of a world in which present tendencies are carried out to their intensely unpleasant culminations, making it a dystopic

Analyzing Golding's The Lord Of The Flies

1357 words - 6 pages Conforming to societal norms and following the hierarchy plays an important role in daily group dynamics that people participate in. The Robbers Cave study proved that along with the formation of these groups, ingroup hierarchy structures were formed. When certain members of this hierarchy did not live up to what was expected of them, they were replaced. This parallels Jack’s overthrow of Ralph in Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies. After Jack’s