Corruption In Macbeth

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History has shown that societies have the ability to become corrupt and uncivilized through tactics that are used to attain power at all costs. The play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare displays a story of unchecked ambition. Driven to become king Macbeth kills anyone who stands in his way of power. Macbeth’s wife, lady Macbeth is key in igniting Macbeth’s unchecked ambition and allowing the prophecies of the witches to control Macbeth and the fate of his life. Similarly, young school-aged boys are stranded on an island with no adult guidance. The boys elect one of their own, Ralph, as a leader to provide moral structure. A rivalry between two groups within the boys because of different moral ambitions is lead by Jack, who leads the boys …show more content…
Banquo vaguely discussed to Macbeth their encounter with the three witches. Macbeth tells Banquo not to worry, and that if he sticks with Macbeth there will be something in it for him. Banquo replied by saying, “So I lose none/ In seeking to augment it, but still keep/ My bosom franchis 'd and allegiance clear,/ I shall be counsell 'd.”(Shakespeare II.I.32-35). Banquo decided from an early point in the play that whatever alliances he will make, he will not compromise his conscience or morality. Banquo refuses to create corruption for personal gain. This is Banquo’s upper hand, when it comes to keeping his virtues. When the witch’s prophecies reveal that Banquo’s lineages prove to have the ability to become kings, he refuses to believe in the ideas that they speak of. Once the prophecies that Macbeth was given becomes true, Banquo proves to be honestly shocked when he says, “What, can the devil speak true?” (Shakespeare I.III.113). Banquo disapproves of the ideas of the witches from the beginning. He believed that nothing good could come from trusting in what they had to say. He had the chance to begin an early plan of destruction just as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had jumped to, but he remained innocent when given the opportunity and avoided moral decay before it could consume him. Banquo is able to save his own virtues by choosing to do this, but had no influence to save those around him. In like manner, Ralph from Lord of the Flies is able to reject moral corruption from himself and successfully keep his innocence and greed at

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