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William Golding and William Shakespeare created the same character despite the obvious time setting and theme differences Jack Merridew and Shylock are alike in many ways They are both cold hearted cruel and vicious thereby illuminating the theme of mans inhumanity toward others Shylock the Jew and the lead choirboy Jack are exceptionally similar characters Shylock did everything within his power in order to see Antonio die he refused to compromise in any way Jack did whatever it took to kill Ralph from chasing him through the jungle to burning down the entire island However in both the stories the cruel individuals fail to bring much harm to those they despise Ralph escaped Jack was found by an English officer and was rescued Antonio was protected by a law of Venice stating that no Christian life may be threatened by an alien Shylock his religion saving him from death Alike in many ways Shylock and Jack are two cruel and inhumane characters Despite the many people pleading with Shylock to show some ounce of mercy on Antonio he refused He would not show compassion He would not give in to the man he loathed more than anything Malevolence would be shown even if it killed Shylock to do so Jack however ran a strict dictatorship he felt that it was his right as a leader to kill anyone that was in his way and anyone that disagreed with him in the slightest Jack would have boys brutally beaten for so much as laughing As well as ordering the malicious deaths of Piggy and Simon Jack acted as though it was his duty to eliminate the boys Throughout the novel he was portrayed as a deceptive hateful and heartless character incapable of mercy Both Jack and Shylock fell from grace during their rain of terror Jack had it all on top his Castle Rock He was King He had undying
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