Fear In Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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Man’s Biggest Weakness: Fear of the Unknown “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” (H.P. Lovecraft). Fear has affected humans for so long and it’s humans biggest weakness. Fear of the unknown is a prominent theme in Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Fear of the unknown immobilizes the human mind and causes us to do horrifying things. Fear of the unknown causes some boys to resort to violence and others begin hallucinating. The “beast” plays a large part in the boys fears and causes the death of one boy. During an assembly with all the boys, the boy with a birthmark stood up and told the group about the beast that he saw the night before. Ralph tried…show more content…
When the boys were attacking and killing Simon, they began to chant and scream. “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent, blind. “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”(152) This quote show the pure violence that ran though the boy’s blood, without second thought they jumped to kill Simon. This fear of the beast and what it truly was, was what lead them to brutally kill Simon. They were afraid of something they that was altogether foreign to them, the way it looked, what it ate, and how it acted. This fear of the unknown, undiscovered beast that lead them to kill a friend and helped fuel their need for bloodshed. Another example of the boys violence come from much earlier in the novel. Jack was describing his hunt with a group of boys. Ralph was upset because the fire had gone out. “There was lashings of blood,” said Jack, laughing and shuddering, you should have seen it!”(69) This quote is an example of how the boys were violent throughout the book, and became progressively more deranged. The boys hunted and killed a pig, when Jack explained that the head of the beast was to be a gift to the beast. “Jack spoke loudly. This head is for the beast. It’s a gift. The silence accepted the gift and awed them. The head remained there, dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth.”(137) This quote shows that the boys believed that they had to give sacrifice of the pig head to the “beast”. This idea that the boys killing for the beast goes back to them becoming violent in the first place was their unknown fear of the

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