Emotions In Lord Of The Flies Essay

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The Power of Emotions in Lord of the Flies

Emotions have power, they can be overwhelming and confusing. More importantly they have an unobtainable power that can control us and force us to do things that we may not do on a normal day to day base. The novel Lord of The Flies by William Golding is a book written all about emotions and their overwhelming power they have over us. As teenagers and adults we struggle to handle our own emotions when we get into conflicts with one another, so how can we expect young boys on an island without adults to keep their emotions in check. Fear is an emotion that is built off of “what if”. Little kids are scared of monsters under their beds because there could be something there. The idea that there could be something automatically gets them thinking. Does it have gnarly teeth, sharp horns or long talons? They create this terrifying beast in their mind all because of “what if”. In reality their horrifying beast is probably a pile of dirty socks. The boys on the island start to create a beast all because the fear of the beast starts to consume them. “As if” said Simon “
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In the novel Ralph is determined to get home. His determination is shown through the signal fire. “I was talking about smoke! Don’t you want to be rescued?(54)” Ralph’s determination to keep the fire going instills hope and determination in the other boys who are then determined to go home as well. However as strong as Ralph’s determination to go home is just as strong as Jack’s determination to kill a pig. “ ‘Before I could kill it but-next time!’ Jack slammed his knife into a trunk and looked round challengingly.(33)” Jack is determined to kill a pig because he does not want to be seen as a wimpy kid. He wants respect and he wants to provide for the tribe. He can do both by killing a pig. Determination triggers all of the hunts throughout the book and all of the attempts to get

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