Corruption And Its Effect On People Essay

1581 Words Mar 17th, 2016 7 Pages
Corruption, as defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is “dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people.” This dishonest or illegal behavior is usually categorized as an abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It corrodes the relationship between a ruler and their subjects. This dishonest or illegal behavior begins to occur when rulers make anti-social actions that have a lack of respect for other people’s perspectives and their morals, therefore acting in their own self-interest. Rulers make the transition from humanitarians to egotistical beings once they realize the amount of power they have under their belts. At first, they use their power for the overall good, but quickly, they understand that they can use their power to benefit themselves, or people they might be indebted to, which is done at the expense of their subjects. There is an overabundance of examples of power leading to corruption, which can be seen through the analysis of power’s effect on people, as well as is demonstrated through authors’ interpretations of power leading to corruption in their own works. Specifically, the examination of the psychological consequence of power on people, as well as the novels Animal Farm, by George Orwell and Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, exhibit how power conclusively prompts corruption. In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, one of the main motifs is power, and it eventual lead to corruption. Throughout the course of the book, we…

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