Lord of the Flies - Fear

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He who fears something, gives it power over him. When fear grows and begins to control all your thoughts and feelings, it can cause physical and emotional changes in a person. This could alter the kindest people, which can result in horrible situations to occur. Forced to rely on each other, fear alters the boys in Lord of the Flies normal attitude of civilization. Savagery caused by loss of civilization, and false maturity amongst the boys, is blamed by their fears of the unknown.

Fear is an extremely active emotion throughout the entire novel. It affects the boys greatly forcing them to revert back to their ancestral, animalistic ways. Jack, the most savage of them all is consumed by his fears. His savage personality is ignited by the terror of a “beast”lurking around the island. They viciously dismembered the pig they caught and placed it’s head on a stick as an offering. “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do him in” (Golding 168.) This displays savagery because they believed the sacrificial offering would protect them from the “beast.” However there is no beast, it’s something concrete to distract them from their real problems. This beast they created is what the boys use to justify their actions. “Most of the boys had savage instincts and didn't think about the effect of their actions” (Savagery and Civility in Lord of the Flies 1.) Unfortunately for Simon this resulted in his death, with no remorse. “It was dark. there was that -- that bloody dance. There was lightning and thunder and rain. We was scared!” ( Golding 173.) This quote displays how the boys have changed and become a bunch of savages. Proving that they will go to any length to feel in control of their fears.

“When humans are put into the most extreme of environments, they will resort to anything to survive, even if it breaks them away from civilization” (Uncovering Evil within Civilization 1.) Ordinary civilized people work together to create a healthy...
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