Have to write a comparision essay on Lord of the Flies to Julius Caesar with the theme that power is a corrupting force.The four characters we were given is Jack, Roger, Mark Antony, and Cassius. I...

Have to write a comparision essay on Lord of the Flies to Julius Caesar with the theme that power is a corrupting force.

The four characters we were given is Jack, Roger, Mark Antony, and Cassius. I would appreciate any help.

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In Lord of the Flies, power corrupts Jack. He becomes a savage. He cruelly kills a pig, cutting its head off to be put on a stick as a sacrifice. Jack desires to have absolute control. He stirs up a savagery dance, thus stirring up animal instincts in the other boys, until they attack Simon and kill them with their bare hands and teeth.

Next, Piggy becomes the target of Jack's beastly instincts. Roger throws rocks at Piggy, thus causing him to fall forty feet and into the rocks below in the sea. Piggy is dead and Simon is dead because of Jack's lust for power intertwined with his savagery instincts...

The central concern of Lord of the Flies is the conflict between two competing impulses that exist within all human beings: the instinct to live by rules, act peacefully, follow moral commands, and value the good of the group against the instinct to gratify one’s immediate desires, act violently to obtain supremacy over others, and enforce one’s will. This conflict might be expressed in a number of ways: civilization vs. savagery, order vs. chaos, reason vs. impulse, law vs. anarchy, or the broader heading of good vs. evil.

Julius Caesar could learn a lesson from the tragedy that results from the savagery instincts in Jack. What begins as a cruel act of a placing a pig's head on a stick ends with blood thirsty instincts, thus Simon is brutally killed by the boys.

When Ralph is rescued, all he can do now is weep for Simon and Piggy.

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