Fear In Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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Is Fear Controlling or Destroying Society?
Does one show their fear or do they show that it doesn’t control them? There are many ways to show one side or the other, but mostly fear is slowly destroying society. There are many examples of this, such as in Lord of the Flies, The Village, and Obama’s Speech in Cairo. In Lord of the Flies, a group of British boys are stranded on an island in the middle of an apocalypse. They have to find a way to survive, and find a way to be rescued with nothing. They learn to use their resources and survive, but problems pop up that they have trouble taking care of. In The Village, a group of elders choose to leave a modern society for the hopes that they can create a better one somewhere else. They try to start
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They’re all scared out of their minds, and Ralph is the only person who they can look up to. But all the while the boys are also worried that they’re never going to be rescued. Ralph is constantly worried about being rescued and it shows his fear of staying on the island. The book describes an argument between Jack and Ralph;
“‘I was talking about smoke! Don't you want to be rescued? All you can talk about is pig, pig, pig!’ ‘But we want meat!’ ‘And I work all day with nothing but Simon and you come back and don't even notice the huts!’ ‘I was working too--’ ‘But you like it!’ shouted Ralph. ‘You want to hunt! While I--’” (Golding, pg. 41).
Ralph is scared that if they don’t keep a fire going, they’ll never be rescued. He is concerned, while Jack is much more interested in killing pigs for meat. Ralph is trying to be a leader, but his fear is slowly clouding his judgement. They’re both scared, and to push through that fear, they have to act tough. These boys are-without knowing it- relying on their fears to keep the peace and order. But they don’t know that their fear that’s growing inside all of them is slowly taking control and destroying what little is left of their
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As one can see, even in fictitious works fear is a very clear factor. But humans can learn from their fear as well. In Lord of the Flies, the boys learned how to adapt and survive. In The Village, the people there based their society out of fear. Obama’s speech is very uplifting, talking about what putting the past behind us will do. He says it’ll have a positive effect on everyone, everywhere. He also points out that we have to work together instead of pushing others away in times of need. Sometimes, fear is used to control, but at other times, it’s used to destroy. Fear is a key factor in many