Lord of the FlA group of British boys are stranded on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific after their plane was shot down. They quickly discover that there are no adults, only kids. Ralph and Piggy are the first boys to find each other on the island and find a conch shell that they believe they could use to call other missing boys on the island. They use the conch and soon boys start appearing out of the forest. A group of boys dressed in black cloaks find their way to the others lead by a boy named Jack. They call themselves the "choir boys". The group quickly decides that they need to appoint a leader so they agree that Ralph should be the leader since he used to conch shell to call them all together. Jack objects to this but then agrees to be peaceful once Ralph says him and his "choir boys" can be the hunters. Ralph and Jack believe that they need to scout the island. Piggy wants to go but Jack and Ralph say he is too fat and they do not want to deal with his asthma so they take along another boy named Simon. When the boys come back from scouting Ralph tells the group that they should build a signal fire on the top of the mountain if they have any hopes of being rescued. The boys successfully make a fire on the top of the mountain using Piggy's glasses, however their fire gets out of control and burns down a section of the forest. They discover that one of the little boys is missing and assume that he died when the forest caught on fire. After this they agree to maintain a small fire, with the older boys switching off shifts to maintain it. Most of the boys get side tracked with having fun on the island which annoys Ralph because he wants to get home. Ralph becomes annoyed with Jack and his hunters because they would rather spend their time attempting to catch pigs than maintaining the fire. One day a ship passes by when the fire is out which angers Ralph because it was the hunters' responsibility to keep the fire fueled and going. Ralph goes to confront Jack but he refuses to acknowledge his duties on the island. This angers Piggy who tries to stand up to Jack, but this plan backfires and Jack slaps Piggy across the face. After this chaos, the smaller boys, now known as "littluns" tell the rest that they have been having nightmares of a thing they call the "beast". The older boys the "biguns" think that this is absurd since they can see no possible place for the beast to hide during the day. One night Sam'n'Eric, the twins, are tending the fire but fall asleep during it. While they are asleep a dead parachutist lands on the mountain which creates a figure that looks like the beast. Sam'n'Eric wake to see that the fire has gone out and there is black form suspended in trees making noises. They become frightened and run to tell the others. Jack vows to hunt this beast to stop the littluns from being frightened. The boys set out on their hunt and come across the dead man in the parachute and realize that it is not the beast. The boys hold a meeting to explain their findings, during which Jack proclaims that he believes that Ralph is unfit to be leader. The boys hold a vote, in which they rule that Ralph should remain in power. Jack runs away, leaving the group for good and calls all of his hunters to leave as well. After this Ralph tells the other boys that they should build a new signal fire on the beach, however most of the biguns sneak away to join Jack's new group. Jack's new group organizes a hunt, during which they kill a sow and stick her head through a stake in a clearing in the jungle. The hunters then hold a ritual where they reenact the hunt with a boy named Roger playing the sow. The boys chant and stab into the circle, almost killing Roger when they become too brutal. Meanwhile Simon has run into the jungle and happened upon the clearing with the sow's head. He has a hallucination, during which the sow's head tells him that the Lord of the Flies is contained within every person and no one is able to escape and Simon faints. Ralph and his group decide to visit Jack's group to make some amends and join the feast Jack is holding. During this Simon appears from the shadows and the boys mistake him for the beast proceeding to kill him. Ralph and Piggy return back to their camp shaken up and remorseful for participating in Simon's death. That night Jack and his hunters raid Ralph's camp and steal Piggy's glasses to keep the power of fire out of Ralph's hands. Ralph, Piggy, and Sam'n'Eric travel to Jack's camp to try to get Piggy's glasses back. When they arrive Jack orders Sam'n'Eric to be tied up and Roger releases a boulder which crushes Piggy and the conch. Ralph manages to escape Jack's hunters and comes across the sow's head where he punches it to the ground. Ralph is able to evade the search that is occurring for him. Eventually Jack orders the hunters to set the entire island on fire in order to smoke Ralph out so that they can capture him. Ralph is eventually forced out to the beach with the hunters right on his tail but is saved by a British navel officer who has come to take the boys home.
At first glance there seems to be nothing similar about the plots of these two stories. However, both stories are about rising to power and the eventual corruption that can accompany it. Macbeth like Jack comes into power in a very questionable manner but some how is able to get people on their side. In both stories the leaders will do whatever they can to maintain their power and do so through some very shady means. Both Macbeth and Jack killed to keep their power and eventually they both lost it.