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
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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