LOTFLaw and order Essay

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LOTFLaw and order




Imagine that you are in charge of setting up a civilization. What would be the first thing
that you did? Many people might choose to set up a system of rules and regulations to
better control the way the civilization acted and regulated it. After all, a civilization
cannot grow and prosper without rules. The civilization would die because no food would be
gathered and no one would work for anything. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding had the
boys do exactly this. To symbolize the rules and regulations in the boys’ new society
Golding picked a symbol of the conch. By doing this he assigned the conch the
responsibility of representing the rules and order in the boys island life. The conch
symbolized the rise and fall of order and rules in a civilization. When the United States
of America were created, one of the first things that the founding fathers did was to
write the Constitution. Every citizen of the USA, then and now, respects the rules and
regulations outlined by this document. This is one of the main reasons why our country is
so successful, because no one disrespects and questions the basis of our society, the
Constitution (rules and order). In Iraq, however, there is a totally different situation.
There, they have a leader (Saddam Hussein) who misuses the rules. He disrespects the rules
and order of Iraq and uses them for his own propaganda. When people of a country,
especially the leader of a country, disrespect and misuse the rules, it can have an
adverse effect on the well being of that country. The worst thing that can happen for law
and order in a society is when people completely disrespect them. This is similar to when
Pinochet overthrew the Chilean government. He banned any opposing views and also
restricted the freedom of the press. A period of anarchy ensued and common person in Chile
was very badly hurt. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses the conch as an allegory
to law and order in a society. Once people stopped respecting the power of the conch, the
boys’ civilization was destroyed. Law and order in a society depend on the citizens of
that society’s respect for the rules.


When the boys reached the island, the conch helped to form the rules of a society and the
assemblies helped to get the civilization started the right way. The conch gave Ralph the
power to call an assembly. Whenever he felt a need to address the rules of the society or
to scorn the boys for the lack of work ethic he called an assembly to bring all of the
boys together. At the assembly, only the one holding the conch is allowed to speak.
“That’s what the shell’s called. I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can
hold it when he’s speaking.” (33) This is an enormous privilege because it allows the
holder of the conch to share his ideas to the rest of the group. This is the avenue that
Ralph takes to share his ideas of the rescue fire, and also gives Jack the responsibility
to lead the hunters; giving him satisfaction is his power and also keeping him happy. This
is the only way a person can gain power and the boys know and respect that fact. When
Ralph is elected, it is because not only did he call the assembly, but he was also holding
the conch at the time of the election. “Yet most powerfully was the conch.”(22) The boys
respect the conch. Just the thought of the aura of the conch demanded a massive amount of
respect, just like the rules in a society. “Ralph smiled and held up the conch for
silence.”(23) Everything is going wonderfully for the boys at this point in the story.
They have a strong leader, food, fire and strong set of rules that everyone respects. When
all the citizens stay in line the society of which those citizens belong can grow and
prosper.


When Jack does not listen to the conch, he is disrespecting the rules and regulations of
the society. By doing so, he is trying to show that the “Ralph way” is the wrong way of
conducting the island and that his way is better and, without knowing it, brings about a
downward spiral of law and order. “Conch! Conch! We don’t need the conch any more. We know
who ought to say things. What good did Simon do speaking, or Bill or Walter? It’s time
some people knew they’ve got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to the rest of us.
(101-2)” He begins a revolt against the rules and order of a society. He also tries to
limit the power of other people besides the leaders. When you take the power of speaking,
or the voice, away from the common person than you become less of a democracy and more of
a dictatorship. Jack is disrespecting the rules, which clearly state that only the person
that has the conch may speak. In a democratic society, there are two ways to gain power
over the people; taking it violently or having the citizens willfully give it up. Once the
old rules seem less important, Jack is more likely to succeed in doing this. The weaker
aura and power of the rules that came with Jack’s mini-revolt laid done the foundation for
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