Comparison of Macbeth and Lord of the Flies

Comparison of Macbeth and Lord of the Flies



    Macbeth is one of the protagonist in a Shakespeare
play "Macbeth".Jack is also a protagonist in the novel "Lord of
the Flies".  The following essay will outline the differences and
similarities of these two

characters.

    There are five similarities between Jack and Macbeth.
Firstly, they were both leader of some kind.  Jack was a leader of a choir
group while Macbeth was a co-leader of Duncan"s army.  Secondly, they
were brave.  Jack was brave, he went up to the top of the hill by himself
and searched for the beast.  Macbeth was brave too, he won the battle in
the beginning of the story.  Thirdly, they were both ambitious. Jack was
the leader of the hunting party in the beginning of the story, but he wanted to
become the leader of the entire group on the island.  Macbeth wanted to
become the king of Scotland after having the conversation with the three
witches.

Fourthly, they both became more cruel as they gained more power.  After
Jack formed his own group and set up a camp on Castle Rock, he became more cruel
than before.  For Macbeth, he hesitated six times before killing
Duncan.  But when he planned to kill Banquo and Macduff"s family, he
didn"t hesitated and killed them without regret.  Lastly, they were
both superstitious.  Jack was superstitious, he worshipped the Lord of the
Flies and held a ritual dance around the camp fire after sacrificing the pig.

For Macbeth, he believed in the fortune telling of the three witches. (Quote:
All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis.  All hail Macbeth, hail to
thee, Thane of Cawdor.  All hail Macbeth, that should become king here
after.)

    There are five differences between Jack and Macbeth.
Firstly, their ages were different. Jack was a teenager while Macbeth was an
adult with a wife.  Secondly, they have different endings.  Macbeth
was killed in the end of the story while Jack was rescued.  Thirdly, Jack
kills to consolidate his power while Macbeth kills to success his goal. 
Jack"s goal was achieved in the middle of the story, he had to maintain his
power over others.  For Macbeth, he had to kill other people in order to
have a chance to become king of Scotland.  Fourthly, Macbeth was evil in
the beginning of the story while Jack was innocent, but he became more evil as
the story progress.  Macbeth used his evil mind to plan all the murders
while Jack tried to help the group out by forming the hunting party in the
beginning, but he wanted to kill Ralph later.  Lastly, no one can harm Jack
while somebody had the power to harm Macbeth.  Macduff killed Macbeth in
the battle of Dunsinane while Ralph had no power to harm Jack.  Ralph had
to hide when Jack became the leader of the island.

    In conclusion, Jack was good in origin while Macbeth
was evil and cruel.  They both had a common goal, it was to get more power
in order to become a leader.  Greed for power will results in cruelty,
killings and finally revenge.

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