Lord Of The Flies Fear Analysis

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Fear: The Effects on Survival

Fear is a powerful force in Lord of the Flies. Through a journey of losing their identity and values, fear controlled the boys actions, whether it be good or evil. Power loomed over their heads and Jack’s fear of losing power caused chaos for the boys. The internal fear projected in the idea of the beast drove the boys to commit homicide. Along with the social fear of being different and exiled from the group caused the boys to be reckless. In Lord of The Flies the boy’s greatest enemy on the island and the greatest threat to their survival, is their own fear.

The boy’s psychological fears terrorize them, causing them to become violent to each other. When the plane crashes, it is implied that for the first time in their lives, the boys are alone and afraid. They do not understand the internal fear and they project it into a physical fear, the beast. This is vocalised early on as Piggy translates for a littlun,”’ Now he says it was a beastie.’ ‘Beastie?’ ‘ A snake-thing. Ever so big.He saw it” (34). This idea becomes rooted into the other boys and they develop a built-up fear of this ‘beast’ that takes on multiple figures as the novel progresses. Consequently, causing a threat to their own survival as they murder Simon thinking he was the so called ‘beast’. Golding writes, “ At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There was no words, and no movements but the
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