Theme Of Corruption In Lord Of The Flies

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Register to read the introduction… The idea that power brings corruption, is the dominant and a potent theme in this powerful literary work. Golding also shows the relationship between socialized and personalized power in the one of the characters, Jack. Golding uses teenage boys to represent the diverse actors in our modern society. The antagonist, Jack is symbolized as the dictatorship and corruption evident in our world. Commencing with the facade of being an …show more content…
Many leaders follow the ideology that in order to win the battle for power, and keep that power, it will require force, deception, manipulation, and coercion. Thus, another reason why many leaders abuse their power is because they think that they have to be cruel in order to stand and prevail in brutal battles for power. This is particularly true when we reference to the long history of corruption in European Monarchs. Mary I of England was cruel, deceptive, forceful, and carried out many things by coercion. Similarly, Ivan the Terrible of Russia did not care, and did not need to care for the well-being of his people. The dominant concerns of his life were to acquire vast amounts of land, and gain access to the Baltic Sea. In the novel, The Animal Farm, Mr. Jones, the owner of the pigs could also be depicted as a leader with absolute power (at first).He was fearful figure, and the pigs dared not approach him. Mr. Jones quite simply did not care about the pigs, and would much rather have the pigs fear him than to be sincere, friendly, and win their …show more content…
Lord Acton also said, “Great men are almost all bad men.” Even when you give “good”, “righteous” people power, they will not, more than others, be able to act rationally do what’s right. It is what many psychologists refer to as the paradox of power. The very traits that helped a leader accumulate all the control in the first place disappear once they rise to power. The reason is that power can profoundly influence our character and how we think. When we climb the ladder of social status, our inner arguments gets warped and our natural sympathy for others is vanquished. Instead of worrying and fretting about the results, consequences, and effects of our actions, we just go ahead and act. And sometimes, because we are already in control of all the power, we don’t care if we are being loved or feared. In some cases, it is easier and more beneficial to be feared in order to get people to subordinate to your wishes without complaint. Power gives us the license, the right to impose our will upon others without care or remorse for the results or consequences. Power is danger, it is a person’s ultimate destruction and debacle – but once we get it, we do not consciously realize it. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts

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