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John Locke Essay

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John Locke's idea of government was based on equality. In John Locke's State of Nature all people were equal and independent, and none had a right to harm another's "life, health, liberty, or possessions". He believed that in this state of nature, every human being were equal and no one having more than another. This state was formed by social contract because in the state of nature each was his own judge and people followed natural laws. John Locke believed in "peace and preservation of all mankind." He also believed that the reason why man would give up his freedoms to enter into a society is to protect his property. The government will create laws and Enforce laws and punishment.In Animal Farm the animals on the farm do not like the way they ...view middle of the document...

Eventually the power corrupts them, and they turn on their fellow animals, eliminating competitors through dishonesty and violence. Animal Farm fails to live up to John Locke's Ideals because from the beginning the pigs teach themselves to read which creates a separation between them and the other animals. The government that forms in animal farm is unfair the government becomes corrupt when Napoleon takes over. He does not represent the people and he takes away the animals liberties "some animals are more equal than others".In Lord of the Flies boy military cadets are stranded on an island after a plain crash. There are no adults. At first the boys form a government that's supposed to be based on equality. Ralph is the leader he comes up with the idea to pass a conch around for everyone to have equal say, but even then they were not all treated equally. They learn how make fire and they hunt but they begin to let their differences lead them to separation. They begin to separate the weak and a separate group forms with Jack, a stronger boy, as the leader. This group is savage like they steal and kill off the weak. Their government is based on survival of the fittest this movie failed to live up to Locke's ideas. It contradicted Locke's ideas because the movie showed that people are not perfect and naturally separate each other into stereotyped groups.In Summary both movies failed to live up to Locke's ideas because there wasn't equality. In both movies the boys and animals, that represented people, showed that people will form separation. Both movies show that there must be a fair government that creates laws, enforces them, and represents the people. Without this kind of government there would be disorder and destruction.

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