Lord Of the Flies Essay

775 Words Dec 11th, 2013 4 Pages
Discuss the fragility of civilization against the destructive force of fear.

If people become isolated from civilization, then the beast inside of us can break the bonds from society and unleash the evil within using the power of fear. In the book, “The Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding, a group of boys becomes stuck on an island and it portrays the breakdown of society and structure and the transformation of them into savages. On the island, the boys first follow a conch which was the order and the link to society on the island but after a while, it loses most of it’s influence due to the disintegration of social order and rules. A character that used the tool of fear to gain control of the boys was Jack, who represents a
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At various points throughout the story, Jack uses the boys’ fear of the beast to overthrow Ralph and the conch. In the quote, "I expect the beast disguised himself. Perhaps […]. We'd better keep on the right side of him, anyhow. You can't tell what he might do. The tribe considered this; and then were shaken, as if by a flow of wind. The chief saw the effect of his words and stood abruptly. (10.142-143) This quote represented William Golding’s idea of fear being the most effective way of control, with Jack using fear to get his tribe to do what he wishes. The book portrayed how terrifying the impact fear can have on people and how far it can manipulate them.

Throughout the book, the idea of the “beast” developed into fear which resulted in the crippling of the conch, the link to society and sanity and the barrier that was stopping them from turning into savages. The quote, “The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. “by Henry Louis Mencken can be seen in the “Lord of the Flies” through the boys whose fear of the “beast” and the want for safety gives Jack the power to take leadership. This idea of the “beast” also warped the boys’ minds so much that they “…leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no movements

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