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 the island.

The boys' fear turns into fear of each other after only a short time

on the island. Many of the boys leave Ralph and join Jack's tribe of

hunters because Jack provides them with fun. Jack's tribe goes hunting

and has feasts and everyone, even if it is only for a short time,

forgets about the beast and ignores it. After a while, though, some of

the boys are in Jack's tribe because of their fear, but not their fear

of the beast. They stay in Jack's group because they are afraid of

Jack and, eventually, Roger. Jack controls them all by showing he is


He's going to beat Wilfred.

What for?

Robert shook his head doubtfully. I don't know. He didn't say. He got

angry and made us tie Wilfred up (176).

Jack beats up members of his tribe for no reason at all, except to

instill upon them the fear of himself. Soon, everyone is afraid of

Roger also. The twins are forced to join Jack's tribe and are

terrified of Roger. "You don't know Roger. He's a terror." "-and t...

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...ic, see a beast sitting on top of the

mountain and Ralph, Jack and Roger confirm what the twins saw, there

is complete fear. No one is willing to walk alone or even to go deep

into the forests, except for Simon. The boys are terrified and this is

when things start to break up. Now, the fear moves on from what they think

is the beast to something much more dangerous. Now, they are afraid of

each other.

At first the island is thought to be a paradise by the boys. It is a

dream come true. The boys are living every child's fantasy. Then

things start to go horribly wrong. Fear sets in. In this novel,

William Golding illustrates that fear is everywhere and can wreak

havoc on many things. In this case the boys become afraid of each

other and for all of them survival becomes impossible. They eventually

they realize that dreams can easily turn into nightmares.
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