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
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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In the novel of the lord of the flies, written by William Golding, fear is the cause of all the problems faced by the boys on the island. The boys fear increases as long they stayed on the island. Soon the boys became afraid of each other and after that they break up and do fights because of fear. The original fear of the boys was a beast then people started getting afraid. Boys are afraid of beast but they are even more afraid of jack and roger. Fear is what brought boys together in Jack’s tribe, but fear is also what broke them up in Ralph’s tribe.
Beast? “Kill it! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” WIlliam Golding’s Lord of the FLies is one ofthe most powerful and popular novels of the 20th century, but no one truly knows what the “beast” is, except for Golding himself. The novel begins just after a plane evacuating a group of English schoolboys has been shot down over an unnamed deserted island in the Pacific Ocean.When the boys first land, there is an air of adventure and even celebration at their newfound freedom from grownups, but what the children don’t know is that there is something there with them. As the book goes on, there are many different thought of what this thing is, or some would say what the “beast” is.
To begin with, in the book The Lord of the Flies the two groups of boys are drawn by their own imagination and create the beast within themselves.The boys imagine that the beast is actually in one of the caves on the island.They are so scared of this beast that they start thinking their own friends are the beast,and get to the point of killing many boys.By the time they realize they are their own beast it is too late and many kids have been lost.The younger boys have no choice but to go with who is superior and who they see as a leader although he might be cruel.
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The commotion in,“Lord of the Flies,” is a result from symbolism. William Goulding uses descriptive images and symbols to paint a picture for the reader. In the beginning of the book, the beast is this unknown creature that strikes fear into the boys. Many of the littluns believed in the beast, and this spreader throughout them. A boy, with a mark, out of fear talks about the beast. This sparks a chain of events that knocks the boys out of their Garden of Eden.
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