Fear In Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Then, the use fear to control is another relevant theme. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, most of the boys fear what they call the beast or beastie. The fear starts with a littlun saying he saw a beastie, a snake-thing, in the dark. Quickly, that fear will be instilled in most of them. However, they have no concrete proof that a beast truly exists. In fact, the beast represents the savagery within every human being, they are just imagining it. Jack will use their fear to his advantages. While at first he agrees with Ralph that a beast does not exist, he later “changes his mind”, but only after the fear of the beast begins to run rampant through the boys. He instils fear to make the other boys follow him blindly and to gain power. As his …show more content…
You can also control people by using fear another way: make people fear you. And that is exactly what Jack does. In chapter eleven, we can see that Jack forces Samneric to join his “tribe” trough the threat of violence. Here, Jack did not use something they were afraid of. Instead, he made them fear him resulting in them being too afraid to stand up to him. Those strategies, using one’s fear and making one fear you, are still used today. Let us take the example of Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate. He knows that some Americans are afraid of Muslims because of the September 11 attacks or Isis for example. In order to gain votes, Donald Trump “has called for a “total and complete shutdown” of the country’s borders to Muslims in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack”1. We can also talk about North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un. While not every North Korean support him, many are afraid of him and do not dare to stand up against him as “criticism of the regime or the leadership in North Korea, if reported, is enough to make you and your family ‘disappear’ from society and end up in a political prison camp”2. As we can see, control by fear is still very much present

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