Explore The Significance Of Fear In The Novel Lord Of The

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Explore the significance of fear in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding Lord of the Flies is a novel written by William Golding. It was published in 1954. Golding based this novel on two personal experiences one of which was his time teaching at boys ' public schools and the second his experiences in World War II. One of the main themes in William Golding 's novel, the Lord of the Flies, is Fear. From the first chapter, to the last, fear plays an important role in the text. The active role of fear in the text is the only thing, which stops the boys from acting rationally at times and from questioning strange circumstances. Fear, according to the Oxford dictionary, means ‘An unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger,…show more content…
The use of discouraging portrayal causes the readers to become empathetic towards Piggy particularly when he is killed as throughout the book the readers really warm to his character. It can be argued that Piggy’s fear of loneliness stemmed from his previous experiences of being bullied at school, for being an obese, asthmatic boy with myopic vision. Piggy did not want to disclose the nickname he was given because he wanted to be accepted by the rest of the boys on the island. Piggy 's glasses are significant to the boys as they are the means with which the boys are able to get a fire started in chapter 1, Symbolically, the glasses are significant because they represent power and intellect within a civilized society, which Piggy clings to and refuses to adopt the new, less structured way of life. His physical weaknesses are preyed upon by the other boys, particularly Jack causing him to feel lonely as he is the only minority and therefore at risk of becoming an outcast. The breaking of the glasses represents the breaking of the last tie to humanity that the boys have. Conversely, others would argue that Piggy’s loneliness is natural and not a sign of fear because children without adults would naturally feel lonely. However, we can clearly see that the fear of loneliness is a dangerous tool that causes characters like Piggy to go to their deaths. Another character,
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