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Lord of the Flies and Macbeth - essay on a comparison between 2 novels

WhiteWolf 1 / -  
Jan 22, 2011   #1
Exams are coming up,
and i'm gonna have to write an essay about the following:
compare the two characters that support the protagonist and explain how their support leads to their ultimate downfall.
the two books compared are: Lord of the Flies (William Golding) and, Macbeth (Shakespeare, duh).

the two characters being compared: Piggy (supports Ralph) and Lady Macbeth (supports Macbeth).

ok, so i need to brain storm, i need some solid ideas.
we're gonna be able to bring a page full of notes, so i can fit my thesis, closing paragraph, and some quotes. i need 5 paragraphs.

if anyone has read these 2 books, the please tell me how i can compare them, and maybe some examples, i really want to do good on this exam.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Jan 24, 2011   #2
Let's look at the question: How do Lady Macbeth and Piggy support Macbeth and Ralph, and what is the relationship between the two ways of supporting?

To make it even easier, I'll divide it into a series of questions below. Remember that a compare and contrast essay is supposed to show both similarities and differences.

1.) How Does Piggy support Ralph?
2.) How does Lady Macbeth support Macbeth?
3.) What are the similarities between 1 and 2?
4.) What are the differences between 1 and 2?
5.) After comparing the relationship between 1 and 2, what interesting thing do you notice that you can use as a THEME for your essay?

:-) good luck!! You should be the one to start, and let other people follow your lead in the brainstorming!
Scholar1 - / 1  
Jan 9, 2018   #3

Writing a Thesis Statement about Comparing/Contrasting Lady Macbeth and Piggy (Lord of the Flies)

I have to write a compare and contrast essay about how Lady Macbeth and Piggy (Lord of the Flies) are similar.

These are the points I have:

- Both Characters are works of fiction that focus on themes of the corruption and evil of man.
- Pigy and Lady Macbeth are supporting characters to the main characters in the story.
- Piggy pushes Ralph towards goodness and Lady Macbeth pushes Macbeth towards evilness so she can hold the Scotish throne.
- Both characters die before the final climax forcing the main characters to face the final climax by themselves.

Hope you can help and thanks in advance!
Holt  Educational Consultant - / 13,876 4563  
Jan 9, 2018   #4
Conor, I'm not sure if you will be able to write an appropriate essay using these 2 characters because they are on opposite ends of the discussion. Piggy is a force of light and good. Lady Macbeth on the other hand, is a dark light with a strong negative influence on people. Perhaps you can discuss the topic in a manner that tries to show how Lady Macbeth was focused on doing what she thought was a good thing for Macbeth and herself. Thinking that is what would be good for the kingdom and everyone concerned. Just as Piggy always influenced Ralph to do good. The parallelism has to come from how the darkness of Lady Macbeth is equivalent to the light of Piggy. It may be difficult to do at first but using the internet, you should be able to come up with parallel scenes from both stories that can help you achieve this level of discussion.

Basically, you have a pretty good outline of possible discussion points. My vote is for you to choose just one topic to discuss in the essay. I have already explained my suggest choice above. Of course, you may have other ideas regarding which focus you would like to use for your paper. However, I think that going for the parallelism between characters will be more challenging to write about.

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