Fear In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Fear has always been viewed as a weakness of humankind. As a human instinct, this

emotion is primarily used to ensure safety against something that is feared. However, it

has been used countless times against civilizations, causing chaos, disorder, and

destruction. Concerned of their own safety, people of the civilization fall to this fear,

leaving everything aside, including order. When Yugoslavian president Slobodan

Milosevic came to power, he ruled harshly. He tore his country apart with unjustified

actions, and engraved fear into his peoples’ hearts. As a modern representation of a

dictatorship, he mostly ruled by fear, causing destruction and irreparable damage.

Furthermore, we are told of a similar tale by William Golding
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Knowing that everyone has had their share of fear, he capitalizes on it by insisting

that “ The beast is sitting up there, whatever it is-“ (126), and manipulates the situation by

claiming that Ralph believes that his “hunters are no good” (126), and that Ralph also

“thinks [that the boys are] cowards, running away from the boar and the beast” (126). By

saying that Ralph is dignifying the group as being defenseless, Jack offers a new

perspective: that he will bring defense. Full of their own fear, and losing rational thought,

the boys begin to believe that Ralph is not helping them as chief, and that Jack would

bring them their ‘proper’ needs. Once Jack gains almost complete control over the boys

of the island, he transforms himself into a symbol of fear. With hunting and the beatings

of Wilfred for not being loyal, the torturing of Sam and Eric to join his tribe, and the

“stabbing motions with his spear” (168), he portrays himself as another beast to the boys.

Afraid of their own safety, they continue to follow Jack, and destroy Ralph’s side until he

becomes the lasting thread of good. Additionally, Jack also keeps the fear of the

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