Guilt : Evidence Of Humanity Essay

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Guilt: Evidence of Humanity
Guilt. Arguably one of the most “human” attributes, the superego is intended to guide and advise. It remains calm and at peace when good deeds are committed, yet becomes angry and agitated the second one does something considered “wrong”. At times, the evils within humans began to surface, attempting to dominate over the good and innocence one is born with. This is when the superego comes in, able to remind one of what is right and what is wrong; thus, guilt serves as an indicator of the presence of humanity. As long as someone regrets the actions they have committed, within them there must still be good. William Golding and William Shakespeare, in their respective works, take different stances on the debate as to whether it is possible to completely lose one’s humanity and cease to feel any guilt. Both Jack in Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth display a compulsive craving for power, which ultimately motivates them to use violent tactics, enabling the evils within them to fester. However, while Jack experiences no remorse for his actions, Macbeth becomes increasingly guilt-ridden, supporting Shakespeare’s argument: no matter how many heinous acts they committed, people will still hold on to their humanity in the form of their superegos. Jack and Macbeth first display similar behavior in that both have an intense need to acquire power, which they believe is rightfully theirs. Jack, showing his obsession with power…

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