In the book, Lord of the Flies, Golding exhibits how absolute power corrupts absolutely. Ralph confronts Jack, in a fight for authority, claiming that Jack is a, “beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief” (Golding 177). The desire for power breaks the boys’ fragile civilization and causes strife between both leaders. The fight for power between leaders displays, not only, a loss of moral but also an inverse relationship. Another way that Golding proves the contention “absolute power corrupts absolutely” right, is the way he shows the corrupt tactics people and leaders use as a sly way to gain followers.
They are never happy about what they have. Greed is wanting what others have and the book hamlet is centered around just that, murder, sacrifice, and mischief. Claudius is a perfect example of greed. He killed the king in order to obtain the throne. As it said in the book ¨murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural.¨ Claudius was greedy and wanted what his brother had.
The Pearl: How Power Plagues the Mind Kino’s mind is corrupted by the pearl, a symbol of power. This idea, of how power corrupts, has been implemented in various books and society throughout hundreds of years. But what exactly does it mean to have power, and/or be corrupt? According to the merriam-webster dictionary, Power is the simple concept of having an influence over people, while corruption is the willingness of acting dishonestly in return for a personal favor. Kino lets the power of the pearl corrupt him and lead him to create a growing mess of careless choices, thus making him responsible for his family’s plight.
However, Hamlet soon discovers that Claudius has been lying to him, and Claudius’ real motive is to kill Hamlet in order to exterminate all possible threats to his reign. Claudius’ role play affects the entire country of Denmark, and he convinces the people that he is the rightful king, when he is not, and has murdered his brother for the throne. Gertrude, too, takes on a role; throughout the play, she seems oblivious to her wrongdoings. She claims that she loves Claudius, and did not just marry him for political reasons. However, in in act 5, scene 4, Gertrude finally admits that she has wronged her son and her first husband, and in her conversation with Hamlet, she says, “O Hamlet, speak no more.
Laertes returns to Denmark upon hearing the news of his father’s death, and straight away threatens to kill Claudius unless he gets answers. At the time, threatening a king was a capital punishment, which shows the extent Laertes is willing to go to get his revenge. Even after Claudius explains everything to Laertes, Laertes still wants his revenge and would like to kill Hamlet. Hamlet and Laertes were pretty close, so this once again shows how far Laertes is willing to go to enact his revenge, which is borderline mad. Finally, upon hearing the news of Ophelia’s death, Laertes is once again filled rage.
As his mind is clouded by ambition, Thyestes does not think of his brother’s feelings and the repercussions of his crimes. His desire for rule has caused Thyestes to manipulate Atreus’ wife into helping him take down his brother. ‘My wife has he debauched, my kingdom stolen’ (1917, 222). As a result, Atreus turns evil to gain revenge and justice for his brother’s actions. The ‘evil in the ruler’ comes out of Atreus when he gains revenge by brutally murdering his brother’s two sons, cutting them up and serving them to Thyestes in an act of cannibalism and a form of sacrifice.
We are all power hungry in one way or another. Whether its in sports, or whether its about running a country, we would kill for power and this is show clearly in Harry Potter as he has to kill Voldemort in order to get that power and control that was needed. In a letter written by Dumbledore in the story, he states that only the necessary amount of power must be used to achieve what we need, not more, and not less. "Yes, we have been given power and yes, that power gives us the right to rule, but it also gives us responsibilities over the ruled. We must stress this point, it will be the foundation stone upon which we build… where we meet resistance, we must use only the force that is necessary and no more."
As true in all aspects of life too much of one thing is bad. Greed and ambition are often confused, but “the difference between greed and ambition may simply be one of emphasis, with greed being reductive and destructive, and ambition expansive and adaptive”(Burton Psychology). Having ambition is good, but what one uses it for will can sour the trait. This a evident especially when desire takes over and the want for something desperately makes one behave out of character. Robbery, illegal organ donations or stealing children are seen all through the country in the news, the corrupt desires met with ambition leading to outrageous out of character behavior.
Hamlet's uncle claudius killed king hamlet out of envy. It was envy for the throne and for the power to be the king of denmark. In act three scene three he clearly states that he murdered king hamlet for his own ambition, for the crown and for the queen of denmark, Gertrude. A lot of the deadly sin envy goes around throughout the story of hamlet. A lot of people want something someone else has.
The event of another major deception is created by Claudius first deceiving Rosencrantz and Guildenstern by making them believe that Hamlet has truly lost his mind through this tragic event and to keep the public safe Hamlet should be sent off to England. But, in this deceit there lies an even greater one for Claudius doesn’t have any intentions of sending Hamlet off for safety reasons but to have him assassinated away from the castle. Our sovereign process, which imports at full,/ By letters congruing to that effect,/The present death of Hamlet. (4.3.64-6) The plot thickens even more when Hamlet learns of what is to come of him from a warrant for his death. Hamlet's actions after learning this information shoes truly how unforgiving, steadfast, and has lost all care for even those he once called friends by changing his name in the warrant to the names of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Many people’s perception of the police is that they are corrupt. In Kevin Grant’s Article Ethic and Law Enforcement, Grant states, “it also constitutes one of the most significant obstacles to positive police-public relations in today’s society.” Recently displayed in the media has been the corruption or appearance of corruption of police departments all over the country. Grant’s list, which includes, acceptance of gratuities, association with known criminals without a supervisor’s knowledge or consent, disclosing confidential information to unauthorized persons, disclosing information about ongoing investigations, falsifying documents, sexual or ethnic harassment of citizens, co-workers, or subordinates, and failure to protect and follow