Law And Order In Lord Of The Flies

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Law and Order

Rules and laws that all citizens must abide by govern our society. Laws are important any were you go because it tells you what you can and cannot do in society. Without laws we would be free to do whatever we want, but at the same time destroy our community and our society will deteriorate. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, shows how law and order can go along way in a society and when not enforced can cause destruction and bring a society to its knees. William Golding shows the readers how law and order is obtained and enforced, disrespected, and finally broken and forgotten.
        Lord of the Flies is a novel that takes place on a deserted island with no residents except for a bunch of kids who stumble upon it after a horrible plane crash. There are no adults on the plane along with the children so there is no authority figure on the island, which can enforce rules and laws that the children need to follow. The children want to belong to a group, with someone in charge to lead them and make them feel safe. As soon as they reach the island, they search for some kind of authority and they do so by the way of the conch. Ralph, since he found the conch, is the person that enforces the laws and is chosen in a democratic election. Ralph's society becomes a symbol of a democratic society where everyone has equal say and where nobody is more worth than another. Ralph and the conch both become an important symbol of this democracy. The novel shows how Ralph's society works for the benefits of the whole group, how the children follow the "laws" of the conch, and how they do what Ralph instructs them to do. Like any will-governed society, there is always going to be a rebel or someone who opposes to the laws and it begins to show as the boys begin to digress.
        As the boys begin to digress and the laws start to become more enforced, some of the boys start to rebel against these laws. The laws begin to lose all meaning to these boys; more specifically the hunting group; and Ralph's instructions seem to be lawfully unfulfilled and at times, ignored. Apparently, hunting and having fun are more important then following instruction and salvation from a deserted island. Ralph notices that the hunters are disobeying his order, but seems to do nothing to keep them under control. Piggy is Ralph's sidekick and is always trying to help Ralph get the boys under control, but the boys never show Piggy respect. This is another symbol of disrespect towards the law because Piggy always try's to help maintain law and order on the island but never seems to get anywhere with the crowd. The disrespect continues on throw the novel and the laws seem to become more and more unwanted. As the boys continue to digress and become savage, there seems to be no need for law and order and law suddenly comes to a horrifying Holt.
        As the hunters create their own society, there is no need for laws and in fact, the laws come to a horrifying Holt. The boys get tired of the responsibilities and want to play, hunt and have fun. Jack, the leader of the hunters, notices this and uses his strong charisma and his talking skills to get the boys over on his side. Jack's society becomes the symbol of dictatorship as it is governed on strict rules and obedience. He quickly puts an end to the laws of Ralph by allowing his group to have fun and hunt all they want. Jack has now become the new enforcer and absolute ruler, and the boys obey him blindly. When Piggy and Ralph approach Jack with the conch and try to reason with him about how they need laws, Jack shrugs them off and Roger drops a bolder on Piggy killing him and crushing the conch. The crushing of the conch puts an end to all laws and relieves the society of authority and order . Now that the law has been broken and long forgotten Ralph has no say in what must be done and in fact, he becomes the lawbreaker because he does not follow the rules of Jack.
        In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows the readers how law and order is obtained and enforced, disrespected, and finally broken and forgotten. He does this threw a continues use of symbols and action portrayed in the novel. This is a good portrayal of how the "real world" actually is. It depicts how democracy differs from dictatorship and that democracy, in some cases, actually works. Democracy and dictatorship both have something in common. They both setup and enforce laws in a particular society. When people get fed up with the laws, they begin to disobey and disrespect them until; finally, they decide to break it. In this society, when you break the law you pay for it and that is exactly what happened to Piggy and Ralph. They broke the laws of Jack. They did not want to have fun and hunt, so Jack, made them pay.
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