Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies
The government’s actions change the way people see current issues and act. Actions endorsed and those condemned are seen by the people who consciously or subconsciously use the government as a guide for their morals and life. In the novel The Lord of Flies William Golding suggest that human nature is corrupted by the government’s use of power and media.

The establishment of government started a rivalry between Ralph and Jack which would eventually lead to betrayal and near anarchy. The boys democratically elected Ralph, over Jack, as their leader. Since they have different views and want to run the island differently; Ralph wanted to focus on survival and Jack wanted to have fun instead of increasing the boy’s chance of being rescued or creating a stable society. Ralph states that “[the] rules are the only thing we got!” Ralph feels secure with rules and regulations and also thinks they are necessary for survival on the island. Jack shows that he thinks killing the pigs and getting meat is more important when says “We want meat.” When Ralph claimed “let’s make a fire” Jack proposed that the boys “follow [him]” before a coherent plan is made to build a fire on the mountaintop. Jack endorses the boys’ savagery when they begin to chant “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” showing that killing the beast is one of his main priorities; when creating shelter and finding a way to get rescued from the island should be his main focus. This schism of ideas causes Ralph, Jack, and the boys that follow each of them cause them to become violent and in the end kill Simon and later Piggy.

Simon’s brutal murder led to the atrocious savagery of the make shift governments and causes Ralph and Jack to become more dominant in their leadership. This corruption of power influences these young leaders to make decisions that reflect negatively in a moral view. Simon’s murder occurs because Jack initiates a hypnotic chant that evolves into a wild...
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