Similarities And Differences Between Macbeth And Lord Of The Flies

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Even though both Jack from Lord of the Flies, and Macbeth from Macbeth have the same drive for power, the same obsession with blood, and the same guilt, there are some differences. The differences between them is that Macbeth does everything because he thinks it’s his fate and that he needs to, but Jack does it for the thrill of it. In both Macbeth, and Lord of the Flies the author is trying to show that greed kills all. In both novels the drive to be the leader results in either the death of himself, or the death of others. Both Macbeth and Jack could have lead peacefully, but their fear of not having power led to their eventual downfall.
The most important similarity between Macbeth and Jack is power, without their hunger
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He ponders the possibility of becoming a monarch and sets his whole heart on the attainment of this goal” (Foster). That quote shows that Macbeth will do anything to become king, even ignoring his best friends orders. At the start of the play Duncan is the king, and he is the only thing that stands in between Macbeth and the crown. At first Macbeth is very hesitant about killing Duncan, and says he won 't do it, but after lots of convincing from Lady Macbeth he decides he should. After killing Duncan Macbeth thinks that his throne is safe, but it’s the opposite. Everyone is onto Macbeth, because they know he killed Duncan. Macbeth starts worrying that his throne is in danger, so he sends out assassins to kill people who are threatening him. “Macbeth is so determined that Banquo should never share in his own hard-earned glory that he resolves to murder Banquo and his son, …show more content…
That night Macbeth’s righthand man Banquo is killed at the orders of Macbeth, but Banquo’s son Fleance survives. Macbeth isn’t the only one who kills, Jack also kills to keep himself at the top. “Even though Ralph says "it doesn 't matter who is in charge," it matters to Jack, who envies Ralph 's power” (Diken). At the beginning of the novel Jack is denied the power he thinks he deserves, and he is very angry. Several days later Jack tries challenging Ralph for the power, “Jack seizes the conch and speaks out against Ralph, asking the boys to vote, by a show of hands, to reject him as chief. When the boys refuse, Jack goes off by himself” (Carter). First Jack is obsessed with killing the pigs to get food he always tells the pack of boys that they need meat to survive Then he wants to kill “the beast”, he tells everyone they need to kill the beast so they can be safe. Next him and his boys accidently kill one of the young children “Simon bursts into their circle, trying to tell them of his discovery. The boys, maddened by the chanting, attack and kill him, thinking him the beast” (Carter). But the group of savages completely ignore the killing of Simon, they say it was all the beasts fault, when this happens it shows how insane Jack and the hunters are. And then the end,

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