Themes of Government in Lord Of The Flies

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The Lord of the Flies Essay

In the book, Lord of the Flies, William Golding connects a disaster to a bunch of little English kids with the government and civics. There are at least five different ways William Golding connects the civics and the boys that were stranded on the island. Some of the events are reflected directly from our government. The Constitutional principles tie into the book a lot by the popular sovereignty, limiting powers, sharing powers, separation of powers, and protecting against tyranny. There are many different elements of the government which includes voting, symbol of government authority, and committees which are of the most important.

For instance, voting is a huge part of our government. It is the citizens’ duty to vote for who they want making decisions for them. If you didn’t vote, there would be no way that you could complain about what or who has been elected because you didn’t fulfill your duty. There are three different times that people vote in the book Lord of the Flies.

‘A chief! A chief!’ ‘I ought to be chief,’ said Jack simple arrogance, ‘because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.’ Another buzz. ‘Well then,’ said Jack, ‘I—’ He hesitated. The dark boy, Roger, stirred at last and spoke up. ‘Let’s have a vote.’ ‘Yes!’ ‘Vote for chief!’ ‘Let’s vote—’ ‘Him with the shell.’ ‘Ralph! Ralph!’ ‘Let him be chief with the trumpet-thing.’ ‘All right. Who wants Jack for chief?’ With dreary obedience the choir raised their hands. ‘Who wants me?’ Every hand outside the choir except Piggy’s was raised immediately. Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air. Ralph counted. ‘I’m chief then.’ (22-23).

This symbolizes an election that would happen when we vote for our president. There are two different parties on the island, just like in our government. The choir could represent the republicans and the rest of the boys could represent the democrats. In the quote:

‘Perhaps that’s what the beast is—a ghost.’ The assembly was shaken as by a wind. ‘What d’you want me to say then? I was wrong to call this assembly so late. We’ll have to vote on them; on ghosts I mean; and then go to the shelters because we’re all tired.

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