Lord of the Flies

(Chapter 11 & 12) Explain the ways in which the events on the island are meant to be a microcosm (small scale model) of the adult world.

Other than for Piggy, for whom does Ralph weep at the end of the novel? Why? (Note: the reason is closely connected to the overall theme of the book.)

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Human history is filled with power struggles and violent insurgences for control. The human need for power and control is reflected in Golding's classic story. Despite good intentions, the boys simply cannot get along. Without the proper checks and balances, democracy is a fragile institution. We see this in many countries struggling to develop. Democratic leaders are replaced with despots who have the military behind them. Similarly Ralph's "responsible leadership" is usurped by Jack's military-like dictatorship. The idea that the common person is easily swayed by rhetoric they like to hear certainly happens in the world and the World in LOF. It is not good leadership that attracts most of the boys rather than a charismatic leader that promises things they want to hear.