Corruption of Power Essay

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Murataj 1 Endi Murataj Ms. Knight ENG4U1 June 1st, 2012 The Corruption of Power Power; it has meaning to every person and his life, whether one is helpless or dominant; it touches all people in some way or another. Those who possess power control those who lack it. These individuals must choose the manner in which they wield their authority. While some will use their influence for the betterment of humanity, others will make a conscious and corrupt decision to act only in their best interest. This abuse of power has been seen throughout history by figures such as Dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi, a ruthless man, controlled Libya for years; robbing the country of its riches while oppressing and killing its citizens. With such examples of the "use and abuse of power" prevalent in society today, it is no surprise that characters like this appear in modern literature. In the novel, Mercy Among the Children, by David Adams Richards, there are several characters who choose to misuse their authority. Each man, Constable Morris, Mat Pit, and Leo McVicer possesses a different form of power, which affects the community at large. The Constable uses his power as the law of the land to assert pressure on people he does not like. This is evident in his ill treatment of Sydney Henderson. Mat Pit's physical superiority allows him to dominant and bully the entire community, especially those who are closest to him. Leo McVicer's abuse of power is obvious. He is the man who controls everything in "The Stumps" and is willing to do anything to remain in that position. McVicer uses his physical and Murataj 2 economic strength to keep all who oppose him under his firm control. He is a dictator unwilling to relinquish his rule. These men, each powerful in his own way crave authority and all

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