Frankenstein And Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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When one gains a surplus of power, he can often become overwhelmed, resulting in a loss of power over his own actions. Sir Winston Churchill once said, “The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself,” which can be read to mean that man’s capabilities have grown; yet, he still cannot mind his own biddings. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, characters demonstrate this idea. As Victor, from Frankenstein, gains power by making great accomplishments in the fields of science and medicine, and Jack, from Lord of the Flies, gains authoritative power through violence, they lose the ability to control themselves; they lose power over their own actions. Upon the boys’ arrival in Lord of the Flies, the island is an Edenic place in which the boys are free to do whatever they want. To Jack, this freedom is an opportunity to use his physical advantages, such as his size and age, as well as his pocketknife, to dominate the others boys on the island. By verbally…show more content…
He even sees beauty in the rotten corpses that he studies. When Victor creates the monster however, his power reaches its peak and he loses control over himself. Where he once was able to see beauty and goodness, in his family, nature and the corpses, Victor now sees only ugliness. What was once his life’s passion, the creation of the monster, is now evil to Victor. Victor’s immense powers become too much for him to handle, costing him his self-control. Characters in both Lord of the Flies and Frankenstein respectively gain power over others through violence and over nature through science, but as they do so they lose power over themselves. Quite often, man follows this trend and loses self-control as he gains more and more capabilities. Power is a great tool, but can be harmful and destructive when in the hands of a poorly willed
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