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Lord of the Flies is a movie about a group of stranded boys who try to govern themselves but create disastrous results Their dystopian government and their actions relate to John Lockes theory of natural rightsIn John Lockes Second Treatise of Government he claimed that all men are in a state of perfect freedom with natural rights to life liberty and property However men abuse their perfect freedom and can threaten others natural rights As a result a government is created and men give up their freedom to protect their propertyIn this movie the boys unintentionally turn to savagery and breach others right to life liberty and propertyBecause the boys natural rights were not protected even after a government is formed John Lockes natural rights philosophy is disproved in the movieThe Lord of the Flies The natural right of life is taken away from the boys in Ralphs group After the boys arrive on the island they form a government promising the protection of their property if they give up their freedom to Ralph the leader When Jack decides to split from the main group he constantly threatens Ralphs groups right to life This contradicts John Lockes theory where natural rights should be protected in exchange for giving up freedomFor instance Simon was stabbed to death by Jacks group using the excuse of the monster to justify their actions Jacks group also dropped a rock down on Piggys head killing Piggy When Ralph was the only person left on the island Jacks group set the island on fire and started hunting Ralph showing no interest in the protection of the boys propertyThe government that was formed did not protect the natural right to property According to Locke the purpose of a government is to protect the property of the community In the movie the property of the boys in Ralphs group was constantly being threatened by Jack The first incident is when Ralphs home
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