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The Themes of Power in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Alan Parker's Pink Floyd: The Wall and the Movie Lord of the Flies
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The ability of power Power is the ability to control or influence The nature of power is that it is transitory often dangerous and it incurs vulnerability and corruption Powerplay is the manipulation and creation of power through the use of strategies and authority to achieve a certain goal at the expense of others Within powerplay exists the group and individual struggles for predominance control honour freedom and idealism These power struggles often have dire consequences In todays society power is undoubtedly the key factor that dictates how certain events unfold how people act and how people think Power is more than often abused in the act of powerplay by its holder in this world run by money and status and the outcome can be quite unpredictable The prescribed text Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Alan Parkers Pink Floyd The Wall and the film Lord of the flies directed by Peter Brookes all display elements of the nature and consequences of powerplay on both a group and individual level The desire for power derives its roots from the most obscure places Those in power and those seeking power may employ various techniques in order to succeed in their manipulation of individuals or groups Such techniques are inextricably linked to their motivations to manipulate In Julius Caesar Cassius attempt to persuade Brutus to join in the assassination of Caesar demonstrates the need of alliance in the advancement of ones power Through the reputable Brutus Cassius intends to veil the enterprise as an honourable act Cassius begins by appealing to Brutus sense of dignity through a juxtaposition of metaphors CaesarLike a Colossus and we petty menWalk under his huge legsTo finddishonourable graves Through pejorative emotive language petty dishonourable Cassius resentment of Caesars political dominance is represented Shakespeare employs anecdotes as an aid to characterisation indicating Caesars physical infirmities to portray Cassius sense of impotence when forced to comply with a man of such feeble temper
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