Macbeth and Jack

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Jubin Thomas


Mrs. Valdez

November 29th 2010

Hunger for power in Macbeth and Jack

Hunger for power is often the driving force in one’s life. While hunger for power is an

indispensible trait for all leaders, it can also remove one's ability to control emotions,

desires, and greed until that person is devoured by it. Jack, from Lord of the Flies and

Macbeth, from Macbeth serves as the primary example of this, as they are eventually

driven to their own demise by ambition in a negative way, murder, and betrayal of

friends. In addition, Jack and Macbeth show that hunger for power leads to ones


In both Macbeth and jack, ambition play’s a major role because it is the start or the

beginning of their downfall. Ambition has not yet overwhelmed the minds of Macbeth,

He is uncanny depiction of a noble general, saving his country form domination and

tyranny, but as the character progresses in the plot, the inhabitance is parallel in that he

receive prestigious rankings amongst the society and in essence, his lives is ideal.

Macbeth receives titles of nobility and influence as Thane of Glamis and is recently

appointed Thane of Cawdor. (Shakespeare I. 3.). With a great quantity of control being

received, Macbeth devours the power as if it were a precious jewel. But Evil seep’s

through him, diminishing the moral code in the name of attaining his esteemed goals.

Macbeth, seconds after hearing his new appointment states, “ If good, why do I yield to

that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock

at my ribs, against the use of nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings; my

thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,” (Shakespeare. I. 3.) Ambition has driven

evil spirits, which will not die until his dreams are accomplished. With the seed of power

and ambition implemented into his mind, the plant grows out of control until conscience

is completely drained out.

Similarly, Jack isn’t ambitious in the beginning. He is introduced to the reader in a “holy”

aura with the description of his choir; “Their bodies, from throat to ankle, were hidden by

black cloaks which bore a long silver cross on the left breast” (Golding 21) Conveying

religion into Jack’s first emergence shows the likely innocence encompassed in the boy’s

life prior to crashing on the island. As the character progresses in the plot, just as

Macbeth, Jack also receive prestigious rankings amongst the society or in the island. Jack

is appointed Leader of the hunters, the only high rank besides Ralph, who was chosen

leader. (Golding 24-25). This gives Jack important stature as he controls a certain portion

of the boys inhibited in the island. As he holds substantial power over some aspect of

civilization. Evil also seep’s through his mind, which therefore diminishes his moral
code in the name of attaining his esteemed goal. But Jack states his feelings in different

ways. Jack although less apparent, also show his attentions to overtake all leadership. His

constant disagreement with Ralph exhibits no respect and shows his aspirations of taking

total command. Instead of looking over the fire, Jack deliberately disobeys the order

made by Ralph and goes out hunting instead. (Golding 77). This shows how Jack’s

ambitiousness is trying to make a dispute with Ralph so that he can prove Ralph as a not

good leader and then became the next leader. Therefore this also shows how Macbeths

and jacks ambition can disrupt a peaceful society.

Betrayal of friends plays an important part in both Macbeth and Jack because that’s when

the change of power occurs of them leading in to their downfall. In Macbeth the earliest

example of betrayal serving as a impetus in power change is when Macbeth is rewarded

for his loyalty to the king while the...
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