Power In Lord Of The Flies And Julius Caesar Essay

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Power is the most important thing a person can have. Power, and even the want for power, motivates people to do things they might not have done otherwise. We can see examples of this in both “Lord of the Flies” and “Julius Caesar” with the characters Cassius and Jack. These characters are similar because they both want to get power. Another thing they also have in common is after they get power they do bad things with the power they have. Cassius is a senator in Shakespeare 's “Julius Caesar.” He is jealous of Julius Caesar because of all the power and love he gets, as shown in the quote "Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about." This quote basically states that cassius is tired of Julius being better and that he thinks they should not be beneath him. Cassius also seeks to get his own power. To achieve this he manipulates Brutus as shown by this quote, “Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet, I see, Thy honourable metal may be wrought From that it is disposed: therefore it is meet That noble minds keep ever with their likes; For who so firm that cannot be seduced?” This quote shows that Cassius believes he has power over Brutus and that he will eventually be…show more content…
These similarities matter because they were written at different times but represent the same conflict with people that desperately want power and get it. As has been stated many times, after both characters got power they killed. Jack killing Piggy and Simon and Cassius convincing the senate to kill Julius Caesar. Before they had power they would not have been able to kill at all. This matters because its sort of like a warning to all who seek power and it can be applied to pretty much all times since “Julius Caesar” takes place in ancient Rome and “Lord of the Flies” takes place right around the end of the second world war. In both stories though the moral is pretty much the same “Those who seek power probably don 't deserve
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