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Desire of Sin in Shakespeare´s Macbeth and Lord of the Flies

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Playwright Shakespeare and author Golding share their views on the manipulative ways that sin works through a tragedy and an allegory. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare shows how a once loyal & noble general named Macbeth pursues the goal of becoming king after accidentally having this foretold to him by a group of witches. When his wife learns of this, she goes out of her way to make sure that he achieves this title whilst taking drastic measures when necessary. In doing this, she persuades Macbeth to kill the previous king in an effort to fulfill their desire. After doing so, his guilt overwhelms him leading him on a gruesome trail of sin to keep his very first murder in the dark. This rash decision sends him to his grave. Whereas in the book Lord of the flies, William Golding writes about a stranded group of boys stuck on an island after their plane is shot down during World War II. The English children must learn to get along with each other and follow rules just as normal human beings do, but as time passed things began to change. The once civilized boys turn into violent, apathetic beasts, thanks to an ongoing fight for power between the two main characters: Ralph & Jack. Both literary pieces show how evil human’s can become once they strive to achieve their desires causing them to act in an unaccustomed way.
A popular method through which sin takes hold of its victims is through attempting to satisfy their desires. In Lord of the Flies , Jack makes his thirst to acquire power clear in the beginning of the book , this yearn for power leads him to a future that is wrong in the eyes of God. Upon first meeting him, he advertises himself for the role of chief saying: “I ought to be chief, because I’m chapter chorister and head b...

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...commits a good act by rescuing the boys, the soldier will go back to killing people of other nations in an effort to win the war. Although this form of murder is masked in rankings, uniforms & badges – these acts are still sins. Where as in the story of Macbeth, Duncan’s valiant cousin is slaughtered by Macduff who simply committed the act to avenge his family, but this too is a sin. In Romans 12:19, Paul says: “My friends don’t try to punish anyone who does wrong to you. Wait for God to punish them with his anger.” From this we see that we shouldn’t try to get revenge on someone else, because it will only lead to greater problems. Even though all main characters come off as decent and ordinary, author William Golding & Playwright Shakespeare subtly hand evidence to readers proving that humans will go about fulfilling their desires the wrong way leading them to sin.
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