Theme Of Betrayal In Lord Of The Flies

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Life is troublesome on its own, but when your loved ones betray you it gets worse. Betrayal is an evident theme in Lord of the Flies, Macbeth and Fifth Business. The betrayers typically are your friends, your family and most often yourself. In the novels Lord of the Flies, Macbeth and Fifth Business friends are the characters worst enemies. Ralph told all the boys on the island Piggy’s old nickname. Being a chubby child people “Used to call me piggy!” (Golding, 11) Going against Piggy’s wishes expresses betrayal through the disrespect Ralph shows towards Piggy. Jack and his tribe turn on Simon for his fear of the beast. The boys chant “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” (Golding, 152) These boys were friends and in a choir together, and the…show more content…
Dempster was hit with the snowball. As Dunny and Percy talk, Percy says, “I threw a snowball at you, and I guess it gave you a good smack” (Davies, 17). Percy refuses to tell the truth which internally betrays Dunny, by not taking responsibility for his actions. Mrs. Dempster is Dunny’s responsibility so he feels the need to care for her. After the accident he believes that “If I could not take care of Mrs. Dempster, nobody else should do it” (Davies, 180). Dunny feels at fault for the accident and betraying Mrs. Dempster by not telling her, who threw the snowball. All three works contain betrayal by their friends, such as Ralph telling the group Piggy’s nickname, or when Macduff did not attend scone. In Fifth Business, Dunny is betrayed by Percy with the snowball incident which is physical betrayal towards Mrs. Dempster. Ralph calling Piggy by the name and Macduff not attending scone are examples of emotional and verbal betrayal. In Lord of the Flies, Macbeth and Fifth Business friends betray each other. Family members and memories of family are betrayed and destroyed in Lord of the Flies, Macbeth and Fifth Business. The conch is a symbol of home to Piggy, and Piggy
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