• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In the novel "Lord of the Flies", William Golding presents a group of young schoolboys who must rely on a government to survive.

Extracts from this document...


Everybody relies on a government. It keeps order, makes rules, but most of all, forces a society to cooperate with one another. In the novel "Lord of the Flies", William Golding presents a group of young schoolboys who must rely on a government to survive. Without rules and order, society will crumble and people, not knowing the difference between right and wrong, will become savage. In the beginning, the recognition of a need for order shows itself and is well accepted. After collecting the remaining people from the island, a government was established through a democratic way. When "Ralph raised his hand for silence," the whole group of boys stood where they were, not talking, ready for Ralph to say some more. Ralph then takes advantage of his new power and states that "Everybody must stay round here and not go away." The main advantage of their newfound government is that it can make rules and keep them followed. ...read more.


One of these rules are This, instead of assisting him, helps Jack rebel with his group. With enough anarchists, even the strongest government can fall to its knees. With the crashing of the government, society crumbles and people cannot tell the difference between right and wrong. Jack, wanting all that the others hold precious, steals Piggy's glasses. After the raid on the camp, on their way back, Ralph spotted "From his left hand dangled Piggy's glasses." Jack knows that the glasses are the only way for Piggy to see. He basically stole Piggy's vision. Out of revenge and greediness, the remnants of Ralph's fire was stolen by Jack's tribe. Jack calls them cowards and fools as he states that "- at night, in darkness, and stole our fire. They stole it. We'd have given them fire if they'd asked." Just so that he can own everyone, Jack takes Sam and Eric as hostage in order to convince Ralph to join. ...read more.


Roger has lost all consciousness and looks as though to be hallucinating, when really, this just the face of savagery. When Ralph refuses to join their Jack, he plans on hunting Ralph and are claiming to cut off his head and place it on a stick. Sam and Eric told him that "Jack's tribe hate you Ralph, they're going to hunt you." Hate has consumed Jack, which influences all of his tribe. They channel this hate towards hunting Ralph. Jack's tribe has forgotten their principles and therefore cannot see how what they are doing is wrong. With the downfall of the government, the social order will diminish, and the citizens will lose their moral, causing harmful actions to be taken. At the beginning of the story, the government is seen as God and is worshiped. The anarchist, Jack, rebels and manages to retrieve followers, who then overthrow the government. Without order and knowledge of the difference between right and wrong, savagery will break loose. Rules and order are the key to survival. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Themes, Motifs, and Symbols - Themes are the fundamental concepts addressed and explored in ...

    Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy Suddenly, Ralph looks up to see a naval officer standing over him. The officer tells the boy that his ship has come to the island after seeing the blazing fire in the jungle.

  2. To what extent do you consider the Lord of the Flies to be a ...

    at Henry, but the taboo of his old life refrained him actually harming Henry. This shows that law and order still lingers around the island, but not for very long. Roger's vindictive pleasure might overtake any sense of guilt or common sense.

  1. The Flies Survive

    At the same time, he does not allow for everyone to take advantage of his easy going attitude. Simon uses his moral standards. Expressing personal opinions, even when others do not have the same feelings, illustrates a strong personal standard.

  2. The Palace of Pleasure.

    I think it was in Year 10 that I gave Kier a Valentine's card - but he never worked out from whom it was. Also, it is not hard to guess that Angela fancied me in those days. Then there is Mannon.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work