Fear In Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Essay on Fear in Lord of the Flies

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Fear in Lord of the Flies

In the novel the Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, fear is the cause of all of the problems that take place on the island. At first, the island is thought to be splendid and a paradise, but as the boys' stay on the island increases, so, too, do their fears. The boys soon become afraid of each other and soon after that the boys break up and fight because of the fear. The boys' original fears are of what they think are beasts. "Then people started getting frightened"
(Golding, 88). This was spoken by Ralph at an assembly because he knew that things were breaking up and he also knew why. It was the fear. In the novel the Lord of the Flies, fear is the root of the trouble that is caused on…show more content…

They are still afraid of the beast, but now they are even more afraid of Jack and Roger, especially Ralph because he is being hunted by them. Fear is what brought these boys together in Jack's tribe, but fear is also what broke them up in Ralph's tribe.

Fear causes the boys on the island to break up and to fight. At first, everything is great; there are rules that are being followed and the boys are having fun. Then a beast is mentioned and the boys' fears surface. At first, there are arguments about if there even is a beast.
This causes arguments and some tension between Jack and Ralph. Jack states that he will hunt and kill the beast, but Ralph keeps arguing that there is none (35). When it is proven that there is a beast on the mountain, that is when things go very bad. Jacks says that Ralph stayed behind on the mountaintop while he and Roger went ahead (139).
This showed cowardice and Jack thinks that he should become the leader; the boys once again vote for Ralph and Jack leaves the group angrily. Soon all of the boys leave the group to join Jack except for the twins, Piggy and Jack himself. They are left alone. Piggy is then killed and the twins are forced to join Jack's tribe.

Jack's tribe goes on a hunt for Ralph and Ralph is afraid. He is no longer afraid of the beast or of not being rescued; Ralph is afraid of
Jack. Jack has used the fear of himself to take over the island. The breaking up all started with fear and the

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Importance of Fear in The Lord of the Flies Essay

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Importance of Fear in The Lord of the Flies

The boys in the book, The Lord of the Flies, are controlled by their fear of the beast. This fear is not of the beast itself, but of the unknown. It comes from not knowing whether or not a beast exists.

The children start as one united group. They are a community in their own. Slowly, rules started to get broken, individuals began to leave, and the group broke apart. The one thing that causes this break-up is the beast. The beast means different things to everyone, but each boy is afraid of it.

All of this fear starts at one of the very first assemblies when a littlun says that he saw a beastie in the forest. "Now he says it was a beastie"…show more content…


The two older boys flinched when they heard the shameful

syllable" (52).

This reminds Jack and Ralph that there is a chance that the beast is real and there may be reason for all the fear. It also reveals that Simon's character is very much in touch with reality. He is not trying to push the fact that a beast could be on the island away from him. He is trying to deal with his fear and show the others that they can and should deal with theirs.

Ralph's concern for the littluns leads him to call an assembly to "decide on fear" (82). This assembly on fear is an essential part of the story. Ralph wants to discuss the fear of the beastie, and whether there is reason to be afraid of a beast that may not exist. He then proceeds to make this speech:

"We've got to talk about this fear and decide there's nothing in it. I'm frightened myself, sometimes; only that's nonsense! Like bogies. Then, when we've decided, we can start again and be careful about things like the fire" (82).

The purpose of this speech is to comfort the other boys and eliminate the fear. He wants them to turn their focus away from fear towards the fire and rescue.

After Ralph puts the conch down Jack snatches it up and starts blaming the littluns for all the fear, saying that they brought it upon themselves by believing in the beast. Jack is angry about the

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