Lord Of The Flies Survival Analysis

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The Influence Fear Has on Survival

Fear is a powerful force in Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Through a journey of losing their identity and values, fear controls the boys’ actions, whether they be good or evil. Power looms over their heads and Jack’s fear of losing power causes chaos for the boys. The internal fear projected on the idea of the beast drives the boys to homicide. The social fear of being different and exiled from the group caused the boys to become reckless. In Lord of The Flies the boys’ greatest enemy on the island and the greatest threat to their survival, is their own fear. The boys’ psychological fears terrorize them, threatening their survival and causes 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. 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 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
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