Fear In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Everybody fears something, no matter how big or small, the fear is still present. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies dismay plays a huge role in the order and civility of the island. A littlun describes to Piggy how he saw a beastie. For a while, the boys are trying to configure what the beastie resembles and what it wants with the boys. Does it come from water, or from the unexplored parts of the island? Does the beastie fly, does it walk? All of these unknown questions outline the fear that the boys feel for this looming presence. William Golding effectively uses irony to develop the idea that the fear of the unknown can be a powerful force, which can turn you to either focusing on what is important or losing your moral compass. Fear …show more content…
Jack is a charismatic and evil boy, and is easily corrupted by power. Jack is the leader of the choir boys, or the chorister, and being that Jack thinks that he is the leader of the boys. When Ralph is elected chief, Jack is mortified, but is quickly appeased by Ralph making him the leader of the hunters. While deciding how the democracy is to be run Jack imposes to the boys that, “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. Afterall we’re not savages”(42). Jack is building up the boys confidence in how their lives will be on the island, and their democracy will survive. The irony in this quote is that shortly after he presses the boys about having rules, Jack contradicts himself when stating “Bollocks to the rules! We 're strong--we hunt! If there 's a beast, we 'll hunt it down! We 'll close in and beat and beat and beat”(91). Here Jack is indicating that because there is a beastie, they should no longer follow the rules. The fear the boys have for the beast is wrecking their democracy and turning to barbarity and darwinism. Jacks violence as a leader eventually leads to many traumatic and sardonic events to

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