Totalitarian Government In Lord Of The Flies

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The Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of boys that become deserted on an island during World War II. Many countries in World War II had different forms governments. Germany and Japan had a dictatorship, Russia embraced Communism, Italy had totalitarian and fascism, and the United States had a democracy. Initially, the kids decided to have a democracy with rules; “Lots of Rules!” (Golding 33), according to Jack, and elect Ralph as chief to make sure the island was run smoothly without adults. It didn’t work out as a democracy, so different governments evolved on the island. Some of the forms of governments shown in Lord of the Flies are totalitarian, republic, and anarchy.
After Ralph and Jack have an argument about Jack’s hunters in Chapter 8 that led Jack to say “I’m not going to play any longer. Not with you.” (Golding 127) and create his own totalitarian government with some of his choir kids, known as the savages. A Totalitarian Government is a government where they don’t like people that have different opinions and the government usually has dictatorial tendencies over the aspects of life (Dictionary.com). One of Jack’s leadership styles is totalitarian related. Jack’s totalitarian style first shows on Page 22 in this quote “‘A chief! A chief!’ ‘I ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance ‘because I’m chapter chorister
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Piggy and the Choir) and wants to keep the power he has with the choir and be the chief of the island. A republic was created when Ralph and Jack hold a vote for chief and when they both created rules for the island. Another government style Jack has is Anarchy, because he uses propaganda (i.e. fear) to make the boys follow his order and because Anarchy is shown the most by kids who are desperate to survive on the island. Some of the forms of governments shown in Lord of the Flies are totalitarian, republic, and
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