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Macbeth And Lord Of The Flies

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Roopan DhaliwalMrs. LavenderENG3UJune 2, 2014The Importance of FemalesFor centuries now, Christian leaders have considered women as an evil necessity when they re-examine the story of Adam and Eve. This statement is proven through Shakespeare's Macbeth and William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Women are portrayed as evil creatures in Macbeth through the witches, Lady Macbeth, and Hecate, but the need for women to keep the story alive is shown in Lord of the Flies through the sow, Piggy, and Simon. The necessity of females to keep the story interesting are shown through the female influences in the two texts. Female roles are necessary in a books to build the story and to make it interesting.The witches and the sow make these two stories interesting by the promises that they make. The witches are one component that makes Shakespeare's story engaging. They make Macbeth promises by giving him prophecies: "All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane/of Glamis!/All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane/of Cawdor!/ All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" (Shakespeare 1.3.49-53). The witches promise Macbeth these titles, and build his confidence to build the plot and climax. This keeps the reader involved to see how the prophecies play out and become true. The prophecies also allow events like Duncan's death to take place; which causes drama and creates action so the reader is not bored. The witches also promise Macbeth's survival with a second set of prophecies, which builds suspense and forces the reader to continue reading to see how the plans follow through: "Laugh to scorn/ The power of man, for none of women born/ Shall harm Macbeth". This gives Macbeth even more confidence because he feels invincible, which allows him to commit crimes to make the play interesting. The witches are important females that make the story interesting because they are mysterious, creepy, and do not exist in our natural world. Just like this, the death of the sow in Lord of the Flies is the inciting incident to the boys transformation of becoming savages, which also build the story and creates some action so the reader is paying attention to the book. The sow makes the book interesting because the pigs provide the boys food and survival: "'There's pigs,' [Jack] said. 'There's food...'" (Golding 33). The sow, in a way promises the boys food and with that allows the story to go on because without the food the boys would not survive. The killing of the pigs creates drama in the story and allows the reader to witness the slow changes in the boys as they begin to fear one another. The sow also ends up promising the boys survival in the form that, after they killed the first pig, the sow, they could kill any another pig to live and the keep the book going: "'We've killed a pig'...'We'll go hunting every day'" (Golding 72-73). The death of the sow triggers many other events that cause the story to be more engaging like the death of other pigs, Ralph's hatred for Jack,...

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