Lord of the Flies Essay | The Foundations of a Government Related to Lord of the Flies

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The Foundations of a Government Related to Lord of the Flies

Summary: This essay explores and traces three forms of government proposed by the theorists John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Thomas Hobbes as they develop in the novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding.
Through the generations, civilizations have built up social contracts in trying to bring order to their society. Many theorists, such as John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Thomas Hobbes, have voiced their opinions of what they feel the purpose of a social contract, or government, is and how it should be run. Interestingly enough, William Golding used all three of these theorists' diverse ideas in his novel Lord of the Flies to demonstrate the building of a society.

In the first chapter of this novel, Golding uses Lockes' philosophy of social contract. Ralph and Piggy meet and find a beautiful conch, which they use to "call the others. Have a meeting" (p. 16B). Boys who were playing all over the island voluntarily come to this meeting, and in doing so give up the freedom to run wild. They continue with...

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