It is indubitably valid to say that, “in literature, evil often triumphs but never conquers.” While evil often emerges victorious from the events of a plot and devastates any hopes of victory that its opponents hold, evil will eventually succumb to the good. This cliche is demonstrated by the rise and death of Macbeth from William Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, as well as the rise into leadership of Jack Merridew from William Golding’s allegorical novel, Lord of the Flies. Both characters represent evil triumphing and rising to power but, in the end, failing to conquer.
Though Macbeth was once the loyal thane of Glamis and later the thane of Cawdor, his loyalty is sinisterly corrupted by the Three Witches upon being told that he will one day become the king of Scotland, a position held by King Duncan whom Macbeth held loyalty to. This is the impetus that purges Macbeth of his good and provides him with the role as the evil. As he is allured to the throne, Macbeth is overcome with greed and lust for power. Macbeth and his evil triumphs once he manages to abandon his hesitance to kill the king and successfully murders King Duncan without getting caught in the act. With the king dead and the princes Donalbain and Malcolm fleeing to Ireland and England, respectively, in fear that they will be murdered next, Macbeth is consequently crowned the king of Scotland. Macbeth’s sins continue to grow as he orders the assassination of Banquo as well as Macduff’s family. With evil in the position of power and the prophecies that foresight Macbeth’s demise from the three apparitions seemingly impossible, it can be conceived that
It is indubitably valid to say that, “in literature, evil often triumphs but never conquers.” While evil often emerges victorious from the events of a plot and devastates any hopes of victory that its opponents hold, evil will eventually succumb to the good.