Macbeth And Lord Of The Flies Comparison Essay

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Firstly the first similarity between both characters is that they both started off as a leader at the start of the novel. Jack was a leader of a choir group while Macbeth was a co-leader of Duncan's army battling Macdonwald. Similarly, Jack starts off as the ‘leader’ of his choir who was left stranded on an island which shows they both start with power.
However early on in Lord of the flies, Golding uses the quote Jack’s face “was ugly, without silliness” immediately presenting him in a negative light, and his “light blue eyes” were “turning, or ready to turn, to anger”. At this stage, it is also worth noting that the choir is “wearily obedient” and he seems to wield total control over them. Golding uses these quotes to suggests that Jack shows evilness when he first gets described.
During the middle of the two novels, both characters change because of thirst of power. The turning point in both novels where power changes both characters is during the middle of both novels. Jack has become a crueller, more evil and harsher and has gained more strength. The quote “ He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up” outlines
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A choirboy is now chief of a war party; a military hero and husband is now a monster that everyone wants dead. While specific motivation and circumstances differ for the two of them, both become willing killers whose distrust and paranoia grow in proportion to the power they have seized. Both Macbeth and Lord of the Flies give insight to the fact that greed engulfs people into malicious tyrants with the characters that are portrayed in these two novels. Jack, from Lord of the Flies and Macbeth, from Macbeth have both shown the world a crucial lesson that power and ambition are the roots of all evil, as they carried out unethical action to achieve and maintain their respected

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