Lord Of The Flies Fear Analysis

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Fear is lurking in the boys’ minds the moment they arrive on the island. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, fear is a major theme. The group of boys on the island live by fear and are lead by fear, impacting the boys tremendously. Golding addresses the fear on individuals and on a group. The impact of fear causes the boys to act like savages, causes conflict, and the fear of not leaving the island.
The main savages created on the island is the group lead by Jack. These boys have chosen to become hunters by their leader who is completely driven by fear, and has an obsession with killing the beast. Jack is blinded by fear, and because he’s the leader the rest of the boys also feel the fear, making it easier for him to manipulate
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For example Simon, Simon was considered the only pure and “good” boy on the island. When the boys were reenacting the death of the pig, and Simon was on his way after visiting the lord of the flies when he found out the truth, that he was indeed right, that the beast was a part of them and that the more they became savages that the more the beast would exist. Simon was brutally stabbed and killed by the hunters, “Him! Him! The circle became a horseshoe. A thing was crawling out of the forest. It came darkly, uncertainly. The shrill screaming that rose before the beast was like a pain. … ‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood’” (Golding 99). Because of the fear that the “beast” has put into them, they are now turning against each other. The death of the littlun was also driven by fear. When they were all voicing their opinions on the beast, the littlun with the mulberry birthmark began to give his opinion he was told to stop talking because they were all afraid of speaking about what they did not know. The final death was the death of Piggy, Piggy died while asking for his glasses back from Jack. While analysing the situation even more you can see that the fear was the one driving Jack to drop the rock on his head because he considered Piggy a threat to reveal the truth of everything because he too did not believe in the

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