Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Cara Kildall Period 5 10/17/08 LOTF Final Dictatorship is a slightly barbaric form of government that mistreats its citizens, and is ineffective. People’s mental welfare is in danger, because of the stress and trepidation of trying to live through another day. Also, they live in apprehension of being hurt or, in the case of Lord of the Flies, going crazy. Lawlessness is unhealthy for children and adults, and so a solid government is essential for happiness. Under dictatorship, many citizens feel incredible fear and deep unhappiness. Samneric from Lord of the Flies experienced both of these emotions when they were captured by Jack, and Ralph was unable to save them. Once captured, “Samneric lay looking up in quiet terror. Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority”(p.182). Because of torture, which is common in dictatorship for those who don’t fully support the dictator, Samneric ended up obeying Jack out of dread. This is not a good way to run people, because eventually they will rebel. Dictators can also manipulate citizens using fear. In Lord of the Flies, Jack leads the others to believe that Simon is the beast, and the boys murder Simon. Ralph and Piggy feel guilty, and say, “’Didn’t you see what we – what they did?’ ‘It was an accident … we got to forget this’” (p.157). Since dictators lead by fear, they control people and force them to do things they do not want to do, which is not what anyone but the dictator likes. Dictators go to great lengths to gain power. People get punished or killed if they get in the way. Golding’s Piggy had common sense and a clear head in bad situations, so he was gotten rid of. Roger pushed a large boulder at Piggy, so “Piggy fell 40 feet and landed on his back across the square red rock in the sea. His head opened and stuff came out and turned red”. Jack didn’t want Piggy to help Ralph regain

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