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The comparison of Jack and Macbeth

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Abigail Groombridge-Ponka

on 12 June 2014

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Transcript of The comparison of Jack and Macbeth

A comparison of
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding and
by William Shakespeare

Lord of the Flies and Macbeth have many similarities. Both highlight the need for power and the nature of man to do anything for it. Jack from Lord of the Flies and Macbeth both share many traits.
To start, Jack went savage. For the need of power, and to take charge over Ralph, he became addicted to violence and lost all rationality.
Like Jack, Macbeth wanted power and royalty. He was willing to do anything to get what he wanted and when he got it, it still wasn't enough to hide his murderous acts.
"We hunt and feast and have fun. If you want to join my tribe come and see us. Perhaps I'll let you join. Perhaps not." (LotF)
"The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step/ On which I must fall down, or else o'er-leap" (Macbeth, 1.4.55-56)
Macbeth has gotten his first taste of power when the witches tell him he is able to become royalty. His ambition starts and he is ready to do what he needs to do.
"'I cut the pig's throat,' said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it" (LotF)
When Jack is first becoming addicted to violence, he is still human. As he's saying "I cut the pig's throat" he's proud but also astonished that he's getting to that point. Soon enough, pig's won't be enough to kill and he'll want more.
"False face must hide what the false heart doth know" (Macbeth, 1.7.92)
Macbeth doesn't want to know what he is doing. Murdering the king can only lead to his eventual downfall and will haunt him forever.
Jack is trying to show what he can offer in his tribe to get the power over Ralph and get everyone into his tribe.
"Bullocks to the rules! We're strong--we hunt! If there's a beast, we'll hunt it down! We'll close in and beat and beat and beat" (LotF)
"They're going to hunt you to-morrow' ... Jack, the Chief , says it'll be dangerous" (LotF)
Jack is planning on hunting and killing Ralph in order to get power. Ralph is a threat to Jack and takes away from his power; like Duncan to Macbeth.
"Is't it known who did this more than bloody deed?" (Macbeth, 2.4.28)
Macbeth brutally kills Duncan to get the power. Duncan is the one in the way of Macbeth becoming King and Macbeth is willing to do anything to get what he wants.
"Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us." (LotF)
"What good could they pretend"
(Macbeth, 2.4.31)
Simon points out to the others that they're turning into beasts. Jack however feeds on them being vulnerable and uncivil. He manipulates them into thinking violence is okay and overrules Ralph. Meanwhile Jack
the beast.
After Macbeth killed Duncan, he also killed the servants to cover himself. He murdered the King, and the guilt will be so strong that he can't even pretend to be good.
"With twenty trenched gashes on his head" (Macbeth, 3.4.31)
Banquo was remorselessly murdered upon the orders of Macbeth. Macbeth got the murderers so mad that they stabbed Banquo 20 times. This just shows the distorted rationality and corrupt behavior of Macbeth.
"The beast [Simon] was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face. It was crying out against the abominable noise ...There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws." (LotF)
Simon was brutally killed by the vicious kids that Jack trained in his tribe. Jack was so corrupt by his power that he let a crime as savage as this occur.
-Both Jack and Macbeth made threats to people that were in their way of what they wanted. Jack killed pigs and put their heads on sticks and killed Piggy, Ralph's friend, right in front of him. Macbeth killed Macduff's family as a threat to Macduff.
-They both wanted power and went crazy trying to get it and once they got it, it still wasn't enough.
-They are both haunted by what they've done and share a vaulting ambition and moral choice.
-They both couldn't stop once they started, they craved more and more. For Jack, pigs weren't enough to kill, so he started hunting people. Macbeth started with a King and continued killing to try and preserve his power.
Other Similarities
By: Abigail Groombridge-Ponka
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