Andrea Doerr

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Glen Newkirk


Since man has lived in some semblance of organized society, whether banding together out of need for protection or for fellowship, he has felt a need for some form of government. Who rules? How is he selected? What powers does he have? What are his obligations to his subjects? In many primitive societies, such decisions were made on the basis of strength and brutality, which the victor becoming the ruler until someone stronger could grasp authority for himself, only to struggle consistently to remain in power. In many cases the oldest person ruled, judged to be the wisest by virtue of age, thus forming a patriarchal society. In all cases, the struggle for power is an inherent problem when a group of people live together, and if follows that systems of government become more complicated as the social structure of groups becomes more intricate.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1970 Andrea Doerr.