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How does the theme of Good vs. Evil (& their existence in each other) is found in...

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samjordan | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 27, 2009 at 6:54 AM via web

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How does the theme of Good vs. Evil (& their existence in each other) is found in both Lord of the flies and Macbeth??

** What I mean is how does good & evil... are both similar in the novel Lord of the flies, and the tragedy of Macbeth?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 27, 2009 at 7:01 AM (Answer #1)

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In both works, the battle of good against evil is of critical importance.  I think that you could find examples of each with posing several questions about this topic in each work.  The first would be to ask what is the nature of human impulses.  This would mean if characters' actions in both works are inherently good, bad, or if they are contingent on circumstances.  Applying this question to different characters could help understand how the presence of good and evil help to motivate individuals.  Another question that can help guide the discussion is how specific characters' predicament who represent "good" or "evil" are displayed in each work.  Find examples of "good" characters in each work and then find examples of "evil" characters in each work.  Then, trace their progression throughout the works.  How do the "good" characters fare and how do their opposites fare?  This question could also go a long way in determining how each work discusses the theme of good and evil.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 27, 2009 at 8:03 AM (Answer #2)

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In  book "The Lord of the Flies" and Shakespeare’s play "Macbeth" the plots center on the battle between good and evil.

In "Lord of the Flies" a group of boys crash lands on a remote island.  The island could be considered paradise but the innate nature of man's evil side begins to envelope the boys in a bitter battle against one another.  The two primary boys that are adversaries Ralph and Jack represent good and evil.

In "Macbeth," there are good and bad characters who represent good and evil. Lady Macbeth’s character reveals her evil side early on but we do not expect this of Macbeth until he commits murder.  We then see that man's evil side emerge.  In Shakespeare’s play Duncan is represented as a good king who exhibits love for his subjects.  Macbeth kills Duncan exposing Macbeth's choice to follow his evil nature.  Macbeth also murder's his friend Banquo.

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mattfrail | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 5, 2010 at 10:06 PM (Answer #3)

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good and evil are the complete opposite thing so this makes no sense at all

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