Lord Of The Flies By William Shakespeare Essay

1813 Words Jun 9th, 2015 8 Pages
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 from civility into savagery. Both pieces of literature show characters that must choose as to whether their humanity should be kept, or to allow their greed to take over. In the play Macbeth, and the novel Lord of the Flies, characters grow to become corrupted and ruthless when they are presented with opportunities that make them unable to resist personal profit and power, and leave them vulnerable. Although some characters prove to be unsuccessful in keeping their greed at bay, few are able to successfully deny the craving for greed and dishonorable power.
Corruption and chaos was able to arise in both Macbeth, and Lord of the Flies very easily when power presented itself though an opportunity, and characters unsuccessfully in keeping…

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