Before showing any violent actions a tyrant must think over the reactions to prevent future conflicts. In conclusion, one can say that when an individual abuses the use of power it causes negative impacts on a nation. Power has very dangerous uses and it corrupts people, which not only affects the individual but it affects the people surrounding them and turns them into a tyrant. One can learn that power can be beneficial to an entire nation and help stop issues in the world only if it is used correctly. Gaddafi and Macbeth both exhibit how power corrupts which results in a downfall in both of their nations.
B. Focus-Some elected officials can abuse this power In the George Orwell book Animal Farm, corruption of leadership is shown when the pig Napoleon turns his role as farm leader into dictator. C. A hunger for power and money leads to corruption and the abuse of power II. Body-Examples of power abuse within our society A. nonfiction-The Jonestown massacre 1. Corrupt leaders in society can “brainwash” their followers a) Mass suicide (1) The Jonestown massacre that took place in Guyana (2) it was evident that the people were "brainwashed" (3) The constant re-occurrence of elected officials 2. What causes us to pass off our responsibilities to others?
Patrick Süskind truly attempts to persuade the reader of his novel, Perfume, that power corrupts people and that humans are flawed in that they are greedy and deceptive. Süskind develops these themes through many characters in the novel – including Madame Gaillard, Monsieur Grimal, Giuseppe Baldini, and the marquis de La Taillade-Espinasse – but most importantly through Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. By showcasing the corruption brought about by power and the flaws present in the characters of Perfume, the author does in fact persuade the reader that power is corruptive and humans are inherently flawed.
Long before George Orwell wrote 1984, a man by the name of Lord Acton wrote, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Orwell expresses a similar sentiment regarding the future of political powers, more specially totalitarianism. A totalitarian society is a government that is overruled by one major power, or person. Although the dystopian novel is merely fiction, Orwell created it as a warning and expression of fears about totalitarianism. Big Brother resembled Adolf Hitler in many aspects. When drawing parallels between the novel and an application of its politics in modern society, it is as though Orwell foresaw the development of numerous dictatorships and corrupt governments to come.
Both authors view human nature and behavior as negative and pessimistic. The novels are used to demonstrate that humans are closer to savagery and the inner evil is in everyone. Presented in Golding and Orwell’s novel characters, Jack and Napoleon represent corrupt leaders that are undergoing a power struggle.
Philip Zimbardo, a social psychologist, believes that anonymity and the situation a “good” person is in can cause them to act monstrously. Although the effects of a monster can be devastating, communities come together to combat them through reconciliation as well as the promotion of heroism. In the novels Night and Frankenstein, both Wiesel and Shelley express that human injustice towards outsiders makes both individuals who act unjustifiably and individuals affected by those actions monsters. In Night, the prisoners that were taken to the camps were stripped of their morales of what is right and wrong because of the intense oppression due to the Nazis. Elie describes that he “dug [his] nails into unknown faces.
Power Corrupts Throughout the history of man, rulers and philosophers have proven that power corrupts. The British Historian Lord Acton observed that “power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Lord Acton statement is proven through the actions of rulers such as Charles I of England and Hitler. In a letter to his friend Lord Acton wrote that “power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely”. This quote describes how absolute power always becomes corrupt.
In edition these authors use characters, particularly Jack and Macbeth, as examples of man’s self-corruption by letting our natural greedy self-centred self’s come through. Through their works it is shown, likewise their belief that if everybody revealed their true natures, the world would tear itself apart by the unconscious want for power that man will stop at nothing to get. Nevertheless in this game of survival, dishonorable tactics are used to climb the ladder swiftly with the deep craving of attaining the pinnacle of power. On the other hand, and perhaps more importantly evil is also revealed by the telling actions of the characters. In Lord of the Flies, Ralph, the nobler of the two leaders on the island, has the conch, which symbolizes power.
Zizek claims that the novel “does not directly approach its true focus; instead, it tells the story as a depoliticized family drama or a family myth” and that “the characters of the novel re-enact earlier political polemics on the level of personal psychology” (76). There are many interpretations that can be given of the monster in Frankenstein. Zizek poses the question, “what does the monster mean, what does it stand for?” (75). He then claims, “It can mean the monstrosity of social revolution, ... ... middle of paper ... ...s with his actions during the Reign of Terror, showing that he became a monster, or rebel, as a product “of oppression, misrule, and despotism under the ancien regime” (Zizek 78). This is according to the ideas of both Zizek and Mary Wollstonecraft.
Some argue that God can only judge if an act is evil, while some say only certain things are evil. Many philosophers and authors argue over what the most accurate definition is. One psychiatrist, Dr. M. Scott Peck, suspects that Satan lives within people as a lazy and less-disciplined figure, which induces mental illness and criminal activity (Lawhon 1). Author Michael Stone defines evil as specific deeds designed to torture or murder another individual, but “the perpetrator be aware that the victim would suffer intensely, experience agony”. Who do we have to blame for these unthinkable acts of hatred?