What was Rousseau’s theory of general will?

-According to Rousseau’s theory of general will, it is the duty of every individual to obey the ‘general will’ because in doing so he directly obeys his own will. The existence of the State is for the protection of freedom and equality. The state, and the laws made by it both are subject to ‘general will’, they are to be overthrown. In brief, Rousseau lays emphasis on the community and departs from Locke who laid emphasis on the individual. He is in favour of people’s sovereignty. His natural law theory stands for the freedom and equality of men.