Issues with Government Depicted in Golding's Lord of the Flies and Jackson's The Lottery

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Although humans beings are flawed and make mistakes, in order for a government to ever be civilized, just, and effective, there needs to be a structured system of democracy that maintains a system of checks and balances. Also within the society there needs to be people, whether they are leaders or not, that have moral stability, and the knowledge and understanding to play the role they play in a government. In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, it is clear that both Golding and Jackson do not agree with their stories’ government; rather Golding and Jackson express, through the failure of their stories’ government, that in order for a government to be civilized, just, and effective, there needs…show more content…
In order to have a just government you must have a system of checks and balances. Checks and balances is a system that splits up the powers of a government that allows for each of them to check each other so there is a balance in the powers. This is what keeps one leader from rising higher than the other and starts to rule over everyone. “I’m going off by myself. He can catch his own pigs. Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too” (127). This is clearly portrayed as the start when Jack leaves the conch and the platform, which represents the democracy, and starts his own tribe where he is the supreme being. Even in this example it is shown how Jacks form of government fails because he can only even provide for his group with food and fun, but not with shelters or a fire, which he ends up stealing from Ralph and Piggy. Even with democracy and checks in balances there are still many issues that would come up, and there still isn’t a sureness of a civilized government. “Mr. Martin and his oldest son, Baxter, held the black box securely on the stool until Mr. Summers had stirred the papers thoroughly with his hand” (Jackson 4). This is a great example that Jackson uses to show checks and balances. Jackson shows Mr. Summers being helped by Baxter to insure that the drawing becomes just and fair. “The night before the lottery, Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves make up the slips of paper and put them in the box” (4) Jackson also uses this

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