The isuue of fear in The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Worry, important for the survival of the mankind, it has always been etched in everybody from birth and utilized till death. In the unique The Lord of the Flies, the kids on the island are massively impacted by worry, as it manipulates their choices and their point of view. William Golding hints to fear as the most unsafe and harmful force on the island and supports this by Jack’s fear of losing power results in his manipulative nature, Ralph’s fear of the unidentified that results in his downfall and Piggy’s fear of death which leads to the damage of society. In the novel the Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses fear on the island to show the real devastating nature of fear towards their response through Jack’s appetite for power, Ralph’s fear of the unknown and Piggy’s worry for his own survival.

Jack is one of the primary characters in the Lord of the Flies. He is also among the characters that is most influenced by fear. Jack is the most power starving kid on the island in the Lord of the Flies. Firstly, Jack has a worry of losing control over the boys on the island. Jacks sees how the kids on the island are slowly leaving him over for Ralph. Jack terrifies the young boys on the island with the mystical and bloodthirsty beast and frames Ralph as he has no plans to deal with the strange Monster “‘Quiet!’ shouted Jack. ‘You, listen. The beast is staying up there, whatever it is–‘ ‘Maybe it’s waiting–‘ ‘Hunting–‘ ‘Yes, hunting.’ ‘Hunting,’ stated Jack … ‘I have actually got the conch. Ralph thinks you’re cowards, running away from the boar and the beast. Which’s not all.'” (Golding 138). Jack uses the Monster to make the kids conform under his will, he also makes it seems that the meat-eating and mystical Monster would get them sooner or later and there’s no point in fleing from the Monster. Last but not least, Jack is afraid of opposition to his power. He burns down the entire island just to eliminate his one and single opposition Ralph. “They’re going to hunt you to-morrow!’ … They had smoke him out and set the island on fire” (Golding 209, 219). Worry got the very best of Jack in the final chapter of the Lord of the Flies. It shows the level of what Jack would do because of his worries. Jack, although power-hungry, utilizes fear as his primary driving aspect throughout the novel.

Secondly, Piggy is among the most frightened kid on the island, he constantly appears to stress over something at any provided time in Lord of the Flies. Piggy’s concerns for his own survival drives him throughout the Lord of the Flies. Piggy loves his glasses, it is his only method of seeing clearly and the only methods of survival. Piggy has a worry of not seeing plainly especially in an island filled with savages, his fear of not seeing plainly results in his death and the damage of the conch. “‘I know. They didn’t come for the conch. They came for something else. Ralph– what am I going to do?’ … From his left hand dangled Piggy’s damaged glasses. … ‘… I desire my glasses’. The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch took off into a thousand white pieces and ceased to exist” (Golding 186, 189, 200). Piggy’s worry of not seeing clearly inevitably ended up being the driver for the destruction of the island. Piggy’s self-centered views on survival on the island show how worry will lead to destruction. After the conch ends up in oblivion, the savages and Ralph lost the concept of civilization and society. Lastly, Piggy’s last worry is his worry of being a savage. Piggy has constantly a strong stand on keeping himself civilized and survival even on an island separated from the outside world. This worry results in a barrier in between Piggy and the other kids on the island. Piggy wishes to look clean and civilized towards the savages “What are we? Human beings? Or animals? Or savages? …’ … cleaned and hair brushed– after all we aren’t savages truly and being saved isn’t a video game–‘” (Golding 98, 189) Piggy always fears savagery, he tries his best to stay away from savagery he puts savagery lower than animals and Piggy’s barrier to reach the other young boys resulted in a separation with the civilized young boys and the savages. Piggy although being among the smartest but yet frightened young boy on the island has some worries that result in the separation of the boys on the island and the destruction of society.

Finally, Ralph, the leader of the young boys has some crucial fears that the aids with the survival of the young boys on the island. Ralph is the leader of the kids for the most of the novel, Ralph is absolutely scared of the unknown, his fear ultimately causes his downfall. Ralph’s most significant worry on the island is the fear of not getting saved. This fear results in his fixation with the signal fire. Ralph’s fixation with the signal fire leads to a heated argument between Jack and Ralph which eventually divides them apart and made them both competitors throughout the book. Ralph is distressed that Jack let the fire out and let a ship go by. “You and your blood, Jack Merridew! You and your searching! We might have gone house–‘ … ‘I was chief, and you were going to do what I said. You talk. However you can’t even develop huts– then you go off searching and let out the fire–‘ … Jack went extremely red as he hacked and pulled at the pig. Jack stood up as he stated this, the bloodied knife in his hand. … The two boys dealt with each other” (Golding 74, 75). Ralph’s fixation results in the downfall of Jack, Jack’s hatred towards Ralph grows throughout the unique and Ralph’s fascination with the fire remained the very same. The unpredictability of being rescued has constantly been brought up by Ralph numerous times throughout the book, Ralph with the concept of his father in the navy has some insecurities about getting stuck on the island. Ralph’s leadership skills and fear of not being rescued was his greatest failure. Ralph was likewise entirely terrified of this meat-eating monster. Ralph was venturing up the hill to discover the mythical monster with Jack and Roger. “In front of them, only three or 4 lawns away, was a rock-like bulge where no rock need to be. Ralph might hear a small chattering noise coming from someplace– perhaps from his own mouth. He bound himself together with his will, merged his worry and loathing into a hatred, and stood up. He took 2 leaden steps forward”. (Golding 135) William Golding explains Ralph’s fear towards the beast as a mix of worry and hatred, William Golding utilizes this exact mix of feeling to show the dangers of combining these two together. Fear and hatred is an important feeling throughout the unique Lord of the Flies. Ralph although a valiant leader relies on emotions that would make him an irregular leader which causes the downfall of Ralph and all the other characters in the Lord of the Flies.

William Golding reveals that Jack’s devious worries, Ralph’s apprehensions, and Piggy’s self-indulgent nature shows the managing and harmful nature of fear. Jack shows the harmful powers of worry on the island by setting the whole island on fire. Secondly, Piggy’s self-centered fears display the destruction it can trigger to others around him and finally, Ralph’s worry of the unknown leads to clashing concepts and hatred to take over him and led with emotion that winds up becoming his undoing and ultimately leads to the island covered with fire. Worry although natural to the mankind will constantly be perceived in a different way by various individuals.

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