Comparison of Macbeth and Lord of the Flies

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Structure  Intro  Paragraph 1 – Macbeth’s desire/ambition for power (triggered by witches)  Paragraph 2 – Jack’s desire/ambition for power  Paragraph 3 – Macbeth, once power is achieved (corruption)  Paragraph 4 – Jack, once power is achieved  Paragraph 5 – Summary/Comparision Intro: Power and the desire for power are key themes in both Macbeth and Lord of the Flies. In the beginning of both texts, Macbeth and Jack are introduced by images of darkness and ill omens. In Macbeth in Act I scene i, darkness is presented through the witches and the thunder and lightning. It is as if the natural order is being disrupted by unnatural elements. Macbeth is associated with the witches as they are waiting for him and their riddles mirror his opening remark to Banquo. Jack is the leader of the choir who, when first introduced, are associated with darkness and presented as some kind of a creature/beast. Both presentations of Macbeth and Jack in the beginning of both texts creates a negative atmosphere where the readers already think of them as bad characters who will do wrong, this is down to the presentational devices of the writer who has decided to portray the characters purposely in that particular way. In both texts, power is linked with the breakdown of morality. Both Macbeth and Jack desire power too much, they get hungry for it and it becomes a corrupting force. Both characters are consumed with the desire to rule but while Jack enjoys his power when he becomes chief, Macbeth is tormented by fear and paranoia once he becomes king. Paragraph 1: Macbeth doesn’t seek power initially but the ambition for it is ignited when the three witches call him by his present title, the title he will gain and prophesise that he will be king. Their opening greetings, “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!” “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of

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