26 October 2014
Running With out Rules
In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, it may be set on a remote island, populated with young boys who have become stranded after crashing a plane, escaping from the bombing in England, and who are trying desperately yet ineffectively to establish and maintain order. However, the lessons that Lord of the Flies holds for the reader about the purpose of government remains relevant as metaphors of modern politics. These inexperienced boys who have unexpectedly found themselves dropped into a place where there are no adults, no social institutions, and no order try to some how create the social organization that they “think” would reflect the adult world but, does not exactly turn out like that in the end. The boys elect a leader, Ralph, who has already shown his potential leadership by blowing into a conch he found on the beach while walking with Piggy and calling the boys together. They make their decision to elect him as their leader based on a single act. “ Partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority….” (50). Ralph is one of the oldest on the island so the littleums look up to him and see him as an adult figure. What Ralph represents symbolically is more meaningful to the boys at this point than his actual skills. Over time, they will come to regret this decision. Only in retrospect will they have a better understanding of what a leader is and what kinds of qualities he should possess. A boy named Jack is elected as hunter to do all tasks related to food gathering, while the rest of the boys are expected to play citizen roles. Each boy is to participate in building the organization of the society yet, this building of society is only brief, and to support the activities that will promote their survival. One of the failures of the boys’ system, though, is that the leaders fail to evaluate the abilities of the...
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