Macbeth And Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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What does it mean to be evil? Some people may define it as physically or mentally harming others for selfish reasons. Or other argue it means to hurt the ones you care about most. Moreover, both definitions are expressed in William Shakespeare 's Macbeth and William Golding 's Lord of the Flies. The audience recognizes the characters immediately react immorally and not respectably given different situations; proving naturally, people do evil and not good. Essentially, both literary works include characters who possess negative qualities and make poor choices that categorize them as evil. Some of the traits Jack, Roger, from Lord of the Flies and Macbeth, from Macbeth, maintain are selfish, malicious, malevolent, etc. Although it is never acceptable …show more content…
To sum up, Macbeth is named Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and eventually, named King after he murders the previous King, Duncan. Therefore, Macbeth has the ability to go to “the Castle of Macduff [he] will surprise.. give to the’/ edge o’ th’ sword/ his wife his babies” (Shakespeare, 4.1 156-60). Since Macbeth is not a born leader and received his power by murdering someone, he lacks the important qualities of a great King. As a result, he is irresponsible, selfish and violent. Basically, Macbeth is able to hire murderers to kill Macduff’s innocent family and this action portrays pure evil. The people of Scotland allow him to do this because he has the power, since he is the King. Rauber insists the “terrible irruption of Macbeth’s tyranny which shakes both the state and its inhabitants almost to destruction” (59). Macbeth is given a lot of power and control, but only uses it negatively on the people around him. He could be a great leader, who helps and cares for his kingdom; instead he abuses his power and hurts the people around him. Macbeth can not handle this much power and only acts for himself and these two components result in him doing multiple unforgivable crimes. To the extent, if Macbeth continues to be King, Scotland will eventually fall apart because of the negative and immoral mind he has. All in all, after receiving a great amount of power, …show more content…
Roger’s unforgiving violence confirms when given freedom, people naturally react negatively. Macbeth’s immediate destruction that occurs proves how naturally people act evil when given too much power. Jack’s abandonment from his group and reliance on violence validates naturally, only evil will follow when jealous. Lastly, Macbeth’s impetuous decision to kill someone ratifies how distressing fear, only results in evil. When put in certain situations, it is likely evil will come to mind and that is because the nature of humankind is evil. Although Macbeth, Jack and Roger all have obvious reasons for why they commit their evil actions: too much freedom, power, jealousy and the feeling of fear; it still is difficult to come to the conclusion of why others do it. In other words, it is struggling to personally conclude the nature of humankind is evil in both literary works and in real

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