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Shakespeare and Golding have much to say about man's sinful nature. Both of these writers have conveyed in their works, Macbeth and lord of the flies, a similar game of survival, power, corruption and pure evil.
Furthermore in both pieces main characters die; their deaths come about as a result, consequently because of their sinful nature and the pure greed of others around them. Human beings thrive on competition, subsequently such factors can change the way we think, the way we act as humans and how we treat others. 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. The conch is what enables Ralph to call the boys to the first assembly, setting him up as a natural choice for leader right from the start. Unfortunately he is bettered by his position as chief; whereas Jack, the tyrant abuses his power for personal gain. The boys' society starts to fall apart as Jack becomes in particular less and less civilized for, and for this reason the other boys gradually follow his example. Jack has the power of fear of the unknown, his inner b...

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...acbeth's ambition was Power and the will to keep it. To be on top and when that is achieved you’re invincible. Unfortunately that was his flaw, blind ambition and simply being naïve. But above all it’s his greed for power that led to him not to initially think about the consequences of killing Duncan, this lust for power led him to kill innocent people in order to protect his power. With that said he was the one responsible for his guilt and loss of sanity, he let himself be manipulated and controlled.
In conclusion, power is often a source of violence. As a result the desire for power breaks down the boundaries set by rules and order, causes strife and competition, and governs the actions of many to act upon the animalistic instincts that are set deep inside even the best of us. There for once achieved, power has the ability to either improve or corrupt its holder.
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