Justice In Lord Of The Flies

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Dwight Eisenhower once said, “Peace and Justice are two sides of the same coin.”(Eisenhower). In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, that is true in this book as the kids made little to no attempt to keep peace as they thought they would all get along and there would be no reason to focus on it. This lead to the destruction of the island as the boys lost control due to them not establishing justice. In “Lord of the Flies” a group of schoolboys are stranded on an island with no adults and no survival skills. The boys start the island well with making a government. They choose a leader by voting and this leads to Ralph being the leader, but this also leads to a power struggle between him and Jack. This power struggle is caused by poorly executed …show more content…
The group decides to only let the hunters or militia have weapons, but if the whole group is capable of using a weapon then the island may be more stable with the balance of weapons. With the weapons being more spread out, the group could feel safer and more protected from the beast as they would be able to fight back. They would also be able to go hunting together and have the same power as one another. This is clearly stated in the Constitution as, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms,” (US Const. Amend. II, sec. 2). This informs us that people have a right to bear a weapon to protect themselves as well as for hunting/surviving. If one abuses another with the weapons or some other way then there should be some sort of balanced punishment system established. In order for fairness to play a role in this society, extreme punishments cannot exist. As described by the Constitution, “..nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel or unusual punishments inflicted,” (US Const. Amend VIII, sec. 2). This conveys that punishments have to be fair in order to get a message across. If someone goes to trial for murder and receives a slap on the wrist, it would not be fair; this would lead to future crimes because the murderer has no consideration for the rules when he is not punished fairly for …show more content…
The boys have no established justice which allows them to get away with anything. If they focus on justice then it may lead to a quick rescue as well as higher living conditions. This can also be seen in real life as some families have to fight and break rules to survive, so the boys did the same just in a more subtle and harmful way as some were killed. If the little ones help build the shelters so that they can contribute and have the right to sleep in one instead of doing nothing and being rewarded for it. In the world no government or economy is perfect, but most of them work while the system, rights, and ideals on the island did not work for the kids. People make these agreeable by how they use them, but it always depends on the people, and without some sort of decision making about what is fair and just, then governments, economies, and systems will fail. If the world enforced more justice then it may be more peaceful in many regions as well as the regions may prosper more from having less random chaos running around, but this can only be done if the people decide to enforce it to the point that people will think twice before doing something regrettable. In conclusion the deserted kids could make a more stable and civil island if they had established a government that was suited to everyone's liking and

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