Comparison of Macbeth and Jack (of 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.