Path To Ultimate Power: The Forbidden Route. Comparison Essay of Animal Farm ( Film) and Lord Of Flies ( Novel) and an Article

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Path to Ultimate Power: The Forbidden Route

The ideal role of a good government is to create equality and unity amongst the citizens, as well as to give the citizens their fundamental rights and freedom; however, many leaders are unable to satisfy their citizens' expectations. In William Golding's novel The Lord of the Flies and Stephenson's film Animal Farm, the societies attempt to create a utopia; however, both of these sources explore the transition of societies into dystopias, when power is handed to the wrong leaders. Moreover, the unwanted changes in the structure of the societies are also interpreted. The article entitled "Failure of Democracy in Zimbabwe, a Tragedy for SADC and Beyond," written by Crisford Chogugudza reveals that even in Zimbabwe today, the corrupt leader refuses to give rights to citizen so that he can attain power. In all three sources, the leaders employ unethical strategies to attain power and ultimate control over their citizens.

In all three sources, the leaders use fear as one of the ethical method to rule over their citizens. In the novel The Lord of the Flies, the leader instils fear in the society with establishment of a fictional monster, the beast. Jack, who is the eldest amongst all the kids, takes over as leader and creates the fear of beast among the children to persuade them to join his tribe. "I gave you food, said Jack, and my hunters will protect you from the beast. Who will join my tribe?" (Golding 166). Jack creates a monster known as the beast to incorporate emotional fear among the kids. He provides kids with surety that he will protect them from the beast. In this way, Jack manipulates all of the children with a false hope of protection. Thus, Jack instils fear of...