Lord Of The Flies And The Tempest

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Explore the struggle/desire/theme of power and how it is presented in ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘The Tempest’. In the novel ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding and ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare, power is a main theme throughout both texts. Both represent microcosm of outer society at the time the text was written. In Lord of the Flies it was a time when the world’s dominant countries were struggling for power over Germany which was known as the Cold war. The capitalist American’s wanted democracy where as the communist Russians desired a country which was run by dictatorship. The Tempest by Shakespeare is set in a time when England was colonising the globe and was building the start of the British Empire. People at the time were highly religious, superstitious and believed in witchcraft and spirits. This is evident in the play as Shakespeare often refers to magic, mythical creatures and the expansion of the empire. The struggle for power is imminent from the start in Lord of the Flies when Ralph and Jack first meet and try to decide who should be chief. “I ought to be chief... I can sing C sharp.” Jack had power in his earlier life when he was head boy but when he came to the island that power was taken from him through a democratic vote. This is similar in The Tempest as Prospero used to be the Duke of Milan but his brother Antonio took that power from him. The metaphor which Prospero uses to describe Antonio getting into power personifies the ivy as Antonio who is
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