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Insanity And Insanity

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Throughout history, insanity has led to the demise of powerful leaders. The novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Hamlet by William Shakespeare all share the similar key theme of insanity, which leads to loss of power. A character's isolation, willingness to commit horrible acts, and lust for power all contribute to their insanity and ultimately, their demise.
Isolation is a key element that leads to the insanity of people. The reader can clearly see how isolation eventually leads to the loss of power and downfall of the character Jack from Lord of the Flies. When the Officer asked “who is the boss” (Golding 224), jack understood his loss of power. “A little boy who carried the remains of a pair of spectacles at his waist, started forward, then changed his mind and stood still.” (Golding 224) Seeing the Officer snaps Jack back into reality. The Officer symbolizes reality and the dominance of adults. Jack learns his place, and is just a normal child being dominated in an adult dominated world like normal. As literary critic Ira Smolensky sated “Certainly, in the absence of adult authority, the boys act in a brutal and chaotic way.” Children tend to goof off around their peers when an adult authority is not present. The presence of that officer completely stops the boys chaotic behaviour. Similarly, isolation also leads to insanity and finally the loss of power in Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The death of a parent can
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