Lord of the flies

Topics: William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Mind / Pages: 4 (970 words) / Published: Dec 20th, 2013
The Beast’s Representation of Fear Class Period G October 28, 2012 “Fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.” William Golding, Lord of the Flies. Fear has been around for thousands of years and plays a huge role in our society. In today’s society, fear is displayed in many different forms and no matter where you go you can never get away from it. Fear plays a big part in how and why the world’s people make their decisions and affects us all each and every day. Being scared is very influential on today’s people and how they make their decisions. We need fear as an explanation on why some things happen. William Golding uses the island in Lord of the Flies to create a microcosm of society and he uses the children’s imagination of a beast to represent how fear affects us all. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the beast represents fear in the form of a snake-thing, beast from water and from air, and a beast from within. Towards the beginning of Lord of the Flies, the beast represents fear in the form of a snake-thing. This idea of a beast first entered the imagination of the boy’s minds when a boy with a mulberry-colored birthmark brought it up at the group of boy’s first assembly. At first, when Ralph hears this, he makes excuses to the group of boys’ on why a beastie could not live on island like the one they were on. He says “You couldn’t have a beastie, snake-thing, on an island this size.”(pg 36) This is one of five times Ralph tries to reassure the group that there isn’t a beastie which in a way shows how the fear has gotten to him also like it has with everybody else. Early on, on the island fear plays a huge role in the group’s minds and the fear of a beast will remain in their minds in many different forms throughout the entire book. The beast’s representation of fear plays a huge role in Lord of the Flies from the very beginning of the boys’ time on the island. In the middle of Lord of the Flies, the fear from the beast is

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