Fear In Lord Of The Flies

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Island of Fear As humans, we all fear something, and we deal with those fears in ways that match our personalities. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows the fears of Jack, Ralph, and Piggy and chooses specific ways for each to deal with his fears. Therefore, each of the three boys reacts to fear in their own unique way. The first boy, Jack, believes that a beast truly does exist. He is afraid and admits it; however, he deals with his fear with aggressive violence. He chooses to hunt for the beast, arm himself with a spear, and practice killing it: “We’re strong—we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down! We’ll close in and beat and beat and beat—!”(Golding 91). He also uses the fear of the beast to control and manipulate the other children. Because they fear the beast, they are more likely to listen to Jack and follow his orders. Furthermore, Jack…show more content…
Jack takes his anger out on Piggy, who stands in plain contrast to Jack’s character: “I’m scared of him…but if you stand out of the way he’d hurt the next thing. And that’s me” (Golding 93). Piggy handles this fear by avoiding Jack and remaining loyal to Ralph. Another fear that Piggy experiences is a fear of being ignored or shunned by others. Above all else, Piggy wants acknowledgement of his opinions and thoughts, as proven by his statement: “I got the conch…You let me speak!”(Golding 42). This quote shows Piggy’s constant efforts to be recognized by the others and to make them pay attention to him. Throughout most of the novel, Piggy seeks protection from his fears in both Ralph and the conch. In conclusion, William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies exposes the reader to three characters with different personalities and fears: Jack, Ralph, and Piggy. Each of the boys tries to conquer their fear in a different way. Fear is a natural emotion encountered by everyone, but each person deals with it in a way that best fits his/her individual
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