Macbeth vs. Lord of the Flies
In the play “Macbeth” and the novel Lord of the Flies, the possibility of power and the corruptive nature that it has on man affects his relationship to power. Power is specified as, “the ability or capability to exercise control; authority.” This authority ultimately results in the unveiling of the characters’ real character. In Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and William Golding’s, Lord of the Flies, Macbeth and Jack are used to portray the upsetting truth that power damages all those who seek it.
In “Macbeth”, Macbeth’s tragic defect of ambition, along with moral weakness and selective understanding, are gradually exposed through his stable ascension to power and subsequent descent into madness and paranoia. In Lord of the Flies, Jack’s secondary position produces discontent on the island and results in a disruption in the balance of power. Power and the absence of it, triggers the two men to start unjust and autocratic administrations that displace the natural order. Mostly, the important connection between the play “Macbeth” and the novel Lord of the Flies is that the goal for power corrupts the individuals who choose to pursue it.
Early in “Macbeth,” the protagonist is welcomed by the 3 witches in the business of Banquo, a fellow thane. At this point in the play, Macbeth is a seen as a worthy leader with Herculean strength and will. The witches salute the arrival of Macbeth with “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! Thane of Cawdor! And king hereafter.” Macbeth, puzzled with the barrage of titles later asks, “With such prophetic greeting. Speak, I charge you.” (1. 3 50-81) Regrettably, at this point, the witch’s vanish.
At this moment in the play, it is hard to see the intent of the witch’s, however it is clear that their welcoming stirs up Macbeth’s awful flaw of ambition and provoke his desire for power. They are successful in their motives, as Macbeth eliminates his king and presumes the throne, therefore satisfying the witch’s prophesies. For that reason, Macbeth’s own ambition for power triggers him to be manipulated by the witch’s into eliminating his just king, and blinds him from his inescapable and unfortunate death. This series of occasions works with the axiom that power damages those who seek it.
Macbeth is not the only one who ends up being damaged in the quest for power. In Lord of the Flies, the secondary position to Ralph that Jack is elected to is inadequate for him. “Every hand outside the choir except Piggy’s was raised [for Ralph] right away. Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air” (Golding 22-23). This election was a significant blow to Jack’s high self-confidence. He felt that the “natural order” had betrayed in favor of Ralph. Jack felt it was his task to lead as he had led the choir boys prior to the island.
This is where Jack starts to end up being damaged by the lack of power and mad in his quest for it. As the days passed, and Jack ended up being more figured out and maniacal in his search for power, Jack slowly forgot the objective, to get off the island. He sub-consciously influenced the other children to divert their attention from being rescued, and their other prescribed responsibilities to searching. When the idea of the beastie started to be introduced by the children, Jack enhanced that task and kept it lively by invoking incorrect images to scare the children.
As the beastie flourished within the children’s imagination, the kids’s shift towards savagery also grew. Jack’s overzealous yearning for power made him corrupt. He started to see himself as preeminent to everyone on the island. As a foil, Simon was courageous and beautiful due to the fact that he did not desire power. His intrepidity kept him pure and far from the negative power that corrupted much of the young boys on the island. Additionally, the reality that the people in the play “Macbeth” understood they had a corrupt leader is explicitly apparent throughout.
By the downfall of Macbeth’s program as a corrupt despot, all of his thanes have deserted him, save one. Macduff, Ross, and others have deserted the king in his time of need in order to support Malcolm, the rightful king. “As I did stand my watch upon the hill, I looked towards Birnam, and anon methought the wood started to move” (Shakespeare 5. 5 37-39). The quote plainly mentions that Macbeth was corrupted by the possibility of power. Macbeth, approved by the witches to pursuit the throne, eliminated those who were a danger to power, but likewise made opponents with those near to him.
With the loss of his allies, Macbeth is defenseless to the coming of Birnam Wood to Dunsinane. The goodness and morality of Macbeth that appears at the beginning of the play quickly diminishes as his power and ambition enhance themselves. For example, when Girl Macbeth, his spouse who contributed in his increase to power commits suicide due to her regret, Macbeth simply comments that he is hectic at the moment, and that it would be better if she had actually died later in the past dismissing the messenger.
As Malcolm gathers an army as the rightful heir to the throne, individuals under Macbeth’s rule understand that Macbeth is a corrupt leader tarnished by the possibility of power. Shakespeare demonstrates that when one can not work out control and understanding of their own ambition, disaster and suffering ensue. While the people around Macbeth were able to view his insanity and corruption, the lack of knowledge and savagery of the children in Lord of the Flies acted as a handicap to their apprehension of their environments.
They were not able to acknowledge that their leader was corrupt. The children did not notice the reality that Jack was ending up being corrupt because they were too preoccupied with his pledge of searching. Hunting was more fun and therefore more important to them. They followed Jack and soon lost sight of the goal, to get off the island. “Who’s going to join my tribe?” (Golding 150). Jack asked the kids and made a brand-new tribe out of numerous willing volunteers due to the fact that his mindful, distorted by the corruption of power, informed him that it was his duty to lead the kids.
The new people consisted of continuously searching for pigs for usage in big feasts, providing unlimited enjoyment. The kids being oblivious did not see through the haze of hunting, and forgot that their true objective was to be saved. The act of deserting factor for barbarism is an example of savagery. This showed how a lot of children might deteriorate if offered the ideal circumstance. Both “Macbeth” and Lord of the Flies are utilized to represent the belief that power damages all those who seek it.
In “Macbeth” the basic population of the world pertains to the realization that their leader is corrupt, while in Lord of the Flies the kids are too shrouded by lack of knowledge and savagery to understand that Jack is corrupt. Macbeth’s defect of ambition and selective understanding led him to his predestined death. Jack is corrupted by the pledge for power and he likewise felt betrayed due to the fact that he felt like it was his god provided responsibility to lead. Therefore, “Macbeth” and Lord of the Flies follow the narrow guidelines that the people who choose to pursue power will end up being corrupt.