Essay about Lord Of The Flies And The Government Crisis

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Lord of the Flies and the government crisis
A government is an organization in a community or political entity that has the power to enact and enforce laws and maintain peace and order. An effective government is necessary since it is considered the leadership of an organization, community or political entity. The government on the island in Lord of the Flies is no exception. William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, is set on a remote island sparsely populated with young boys ages six to twelve who have become stranded and are trying desperately yet ineffectively to establish and maintain order and strive to create a civilization among them. However, they ultimately fail. The boys on the island in Lord of the Flies failed to effectively govern themselves because they lacked a system of separation of powers/checks and balances and lack of direct participation by all citizens.
One reason the boys on the island failed to effectively govern themselves is because they lacked a system of separation of powers/checks and balances to prevent any one person from becoming too powerful. Baron de Montesquieu believed that the best government is one in which power is balanced among three separate branches of government with equal but different powers. He thought that England in the eighteenth century provided the best model of government because it divided power among three parts: the king, who enforced laws; the Parliament, which created laws; and a court system, which interpreted…

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