Discuss the strongest convergent conflict in both Animal Farm and Macbeth.

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

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I think that the strongest convergent conflict between both works is what happens when government operates without public legitimacy.  In both works, there is an illegitimate seizure of government power.  The fundamental shared conflict in both is how governments operate in the face of a seizure of power where the people has not sanctioned that government.  Macbeth takes power in a manner that serves his own interest and not in the name of any collective entity.  Napoleon takes power and consolidates it in the name of Animalism, but really acts in the interests of the pigs and the dogs.  In both works, there is a conflict between how government operates and its sanctioned power from the people.  While both works display this reality, they both conclude each narrative in a different manner.  Macbeth's reign of terror comes to an end, indicating a restorative element to order and political justice.  Orwell's narrative is one in which the illegitimate seizure of power actually continues and prospers.  This different in narration might indicate a difference between the Modernist point of view and those that preceded it.  In the end, both works struggle with the conflict of what happens when government operates outside the will of the people.

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