Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Lord Of The Flies by William Golding are stories that are very populous . Macbeth follows a man who is indoctrinated to kill people in order to obtain status as a king. Lord Of The Flies explores the story of boys who are placed on an island and the killings and quarrels between each other. These stories possess differing plots, settings and characters but contain similar underlying themes. Macbeth and Lord Of The Flies are stories which contain the themes of overzealous desire for power, unchangeable gender roles and power catalysing insanity. The themes add important elements to both of these stories.
Macbeth from Macbeth and Jack Lord Of The Flies from are similar characters. They start with great leadership and honesty. For example, Macbeth is highly respected and praised by king Duncan. On the other hand, Jack also assumes a leadership role and has charisma.
However, as the stories progress, Macbeth and Jack kill the leaders in order to attain power. For example, Jack kills Ralph to destroy any competing factions on the island. “we have to have rules because we’re English and awesome.”(2.192) This shows Jack’s extreme and sole desire to rule over the other faction simply due to his authority being who he is overrules others. This desire to rule is similar to Macbeth who shows extreme zeal to be king going as far as killing King Duncan. I am settled, and bend up/Each corporal agent to this terrible feat./Away, and mock the time with fairest show.
/False face must hide what the false heart doth know.(1:7:79) This quote shows Macbeth’s willingness to kill Duncan even when mentioning as a ‘terrible feat’. This draws the connection between the two characters as both of these characters kill in order to gain some power towards themselves. In Macbeth And Lord Of The Flies. gender roles are explored. In Lord Of The Flies the people on the Island are exclusively boys. In Macbeth, it was Macbeth who killed Duncan despite Lady Macbeth was one who had plotted the idea of killing the king. This displays how males in these stories are considered to be action taking and committers of immoral activities in these books.
In Macbeth the witches prophecies that people born a women could not kill Macbeth. “The power of man, for none of woman born / Shall harm Macbeth” (4.1.
91–92).Furthermore, this shows how Women and their kin were considered overly benevolent and unable to kill. In Lord Of The Flies, women were not present on the island. The factions of boys began killing each other and ended as a anarchy. This shows how males are considered to be savage and committers of immoral action similar to that of Macbeth. Moreover, this shows a relationship in the telling of gender roles in Macbeth and Lord Of The Flies. Macbeth and Lord Of The Flies contains. characters who become insane due to power.
For instance Jack had switched from killing pigs to killing people because it was ‘boring’. This displays insanity to a level that we haven’t seen before in Jack.”There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!”(8:32) Similarly, Macbeth had transformed to be indifferent to his wife’s death after become king.
This shows a difference from before when he was hesitating on killing the king. “She should have died hereafter./There would have been a time for such a word.”(5:5:17-18) This shows how Macbeth had similarly not cared about the outcome of his own wife’s death.
This shows how Macbeth and Jack display insanity. Due to the powerIn conclusion Macbeth and Lord Of The Flies possess similar elements of insanity, zeal to power and gender roles. This shows the connection between Lord Of The Flies and Macbeth. These stories by William Shakespeare and William Golding show the uprising of evil within male characters.
Furthermore, There is a distinct connection between Lord Of The Flies and Macbeth.