Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

1273 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, said former US president, Franklin D Roosevelt. This has been proven true countless times throughout history where fear shaped humanity for the worse. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, fear is present since the beginning of the book . The boys battle against the beast is one of the major conflicts that takes place in the narrative. Their fear of the unknown, personified as the beast, causes the boys on the island to descend into madness through delusions and irrational choices. The constant illusions of a beast that does not exist, reckless decisions that harm the boy’s chances of survival, and the death of Simon are all driven by the fear of the beast.

The boys begin fearing the unknown the moment they land on the island; however, as the story progresses the fear gives birth to hallucinations which manifest into a creature known as the beast. The younger children’s fears cause their horrifying nightmares to come to life, and through them, the “beast” makes its first appearance in the novel. The children describe the creature as “the beastie, the snake-thing” (Golding 35) that emerges at night, to the older boys. Though Ralph and the others dismiss their claims as nightmares, the possibility of a living beast is imprinted on everyone’s mind and it spawns the fear that will worsen by the day. During their shift guarding the signal fire, the angst within the twins, Sam and Eric leads them to believe the dead…

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