What Is The Difference Between Macbeth And Jack In Lord Of The Flies

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Macbeth is the main character in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” which was published in 1606. At the beginning three witches announce that he will become king which makes him do everything he can to make the prophecy true. Once he started killing the king he can’t stop killing people anymore.

Jack is one of the main characters in the novel “Lord of the Flies”, written by William Golding. It is about a group of boys who are stranded on an island, They elect a leader, Ralph, who keeps the order until Jack decides to take over and starts killing pigs and people. He plunges the whole island into chaos.

The two characters Macbeth and Jack are quite similar in their behaviour. In the following paragraph the similarities and differences between the
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”Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red”, he says he can’t get rid of his guilt. After Banquo’s death he sees Banquo’s ghost which as well represents, that he is plagued by guilt and regret. However, Jack doesn’t have the feelings of regret, he is just focussed on the authority and control he gets.

By killing everyone Jack creates a big chaos on the island. He influences everyone, all the boys become savage and he takes over so that Ralph can’t keep the order and discipline. He plunges the whole island into a big chaos, lead by his desire to get more and more control.

Macbeth seems more human, because he actually feels guilty after killing someone, whereas Jack doesn’t care. It seems like Jack is more selfish than Macbeth, he just thinks about the authority he gets, rather than regretting that he killed humans.

As shown above Macbeth and Jack have many things in common. Both Macbeth and Jack want to become a leader and would do anything to get more power. That changes their personalities, they become savage and brutal and killing a human is not a big deal for them anymore. Then only difference between them is, that Macbeth seems to be more human, because he doesn’t only kill people without any feelings, he at least regrets it and is plagued by

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