Macbeth vs. Lord of the Flies

Topics: Macbeth, English-language films, Duncan I of Scotland Pages: 1 (397 words) Published: October 13, 2012
Lord of the Flies vs. Macbeth

What are the similarities of every man? Men have hair on our legs and backs, usually the head of the house hold, and usually more athletic than women. But there is one thing that isn’t always the clearest in a man’s life, the thirst for power. There is an evil inside every man, the want and need for power, and that every man will do anything in the world for that power, even kill his own friend.

The evil inside every man can be so overpowering, that the man experiencing this bloodthirsty rage may not even know who he is or who he was. It can be so demanding that this kind of savagery begins to surface. In Lord of the Flies, Jack was a very peaceful boy. He was head of the choir and he wasn’t at all hostile. But as we progress through the book, we can see that inner savagery coming out of him after he killed his first hog. "He [Jack] began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling," (Golding, 58). Macbeth was similar to Jack in his progression. At the beginning, he was just a warrior fighting for his country, but when the witches prophesized Macbeth would be king, everything he was disappeared, and Macbeth only wanted the kingdom and all its glory, and would kill anyone who stood in his way. “Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t, “(1.5.65-66 Macbeth).

It is shown in both pieces of work that innocence can triumph over the inner evil. In Macbeth, we see many characters that conceal the innocence of man: King Duncan, Banquo, and even Malcolm. Duncan and Banquo, who both were good friends with Macbeth, were killed out of the wanting to be King by Macbeth. In Lord of the Flies, there was one person who was a symbol of Jesus, or innocence, Simon. He realized that the Beast that everyone was after to kill wasn’t real, but lived on the inside of them, the inner evil.

We all have an inner evil, and not all of us know how to handle it. The difference from that inner evil and innocence is a...
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