Are Rules Necessary In Lord Of The Flies

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A civilisation is defined as an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture and government has been reached. Many have proposed that rules are a necessity in order to maintain peace and stability. Others have faith in the human ability to separate wrong from right. The question is then; can we trust our moral, or do we require rules to maintain a functioning civilisation? I will discuss this question using relevant examples from “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. There are several reason for why rules are necessary. By having clear limits one can ensure the keeping of peace. One avoids chaos, as all citizens has to adhere to the same set of rules. One cannot simply trust the human moral. A glance at the news proves the need for laws. If we could trust all to make ethical decisions, crime would drastically decrease and thus, there would be no need for a police force or prisons. The need for these proves that it our actions have no consequences, we would act immorally. In addition, rules ensures our individual rights, such as freedom of speech. Without them, we would have no protection from abuse. In “The Lord of the Flies” peace is kept as long as Ralph is in charge. By having a leader and rules, the boys remain civilised. They work together as they build shelter, gather good and maintain a bonfire. The moment the…show more content…
They have a more positive view on humanity, and trusts that people can make smart choices for themselves. The need for rules implies that people cannot think for themselves thus, they rely on others to think for them. In addition, one of the most fundamental human rights is freedom to make own decisions. Laws limit this freedom. As seen in “The Lord of the Flies”, a group of boys separate from Ralph’s group, as they disagree with his rules. Jack and his boys demand freedom, something Ralph does not grant. They form their own civilisation with a leader, but without clear
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