The Theme Of Fear In A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness

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Register to read the introduction… He just does not seem to accept that by concealing his fear will result in painful inner conflict, and that is the main message trying to show when Conor and the Monster meet for the first time. When they meet, Conor is not really scared of this monster because Conor knows his fear is much scarier than some tree monster, this monster mentions "You really aren't afraid are you?" (Ness 16). In response Conor says, "No, not of you anyway" (Ness 16). Conor tells the monster he is not but does not mention what exactly scares, that shows his conflict. The monster then warns saying, "You will be, before the end" (Ness 16). This quote hints Conor's pain of fear in the future. Conor does not seem able to handle his fear with anyone else and it causes him much pain inside. So when someone finally starts to bring him to his senses saying things as, "Son, stories don't always have happy endings" (Ness 144-145), it drives him insane. It gets him so stressed and he fights the fear knowing what his father and everyone else saying it is true and it gives extremely painful internal …show more content…
Keeping his fears inside, wishing he could get them over with, as the monster quotes, "Your mind will believe in comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths for making those lies necessary" (Ness 204). This summarizes Conor's struggle with fear entirely, he hides it, trying to comfort himself with lies pretending it does not exist to give Conor relief. However, it ended up doing him unbearable suffering. It was not entirely Conor's fault but by hiding his fears he suffers great punishment as the monster says, "You were merely wishing for the end of pain. Your own pain. It is the most human wish of all" (Ness 203). It is human nature to block out fears however, if they are not overcomed then painful conflict comes around. It takes a long time for Conor to over come his fear. When he does, it is almost impossible for him to speak the truth as the monster says, "You were willing to die rather than to speak it" (Ness 204). This shows how hard it is for Conor to overcome his fear, to the point of giving up himself. However it is for the better of Conor because now he will feel no conflict and guilt and no longer feels responsible for the death of his mom. By overcoming his fears, Conor no longer felt the burden of pain and was finally able to face his fear for the better of him. Sometimes to relief one has to go through pain

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