Humans are born to be afraid. A feeling of fear is only natural for humans to feel; it is a part of who we are. However, it can be more than just a feeling. Fear can be a weakness in humans even though it is only our natural instinct for survival. Sometimes, fear is so powerful that it can blur our rationality and dominate how we think and what we do.
Even looking at the larger picture, many of the foundational ideas that the dystopian words are built on come from fears taken to the extreme. Oryx and Crake deal with fears like overpowering genetic engineering and constant surveillance while The Hunger Games deals with a fear of government. Even though fear is not strictly dystopian in nature, it is a staple in all dystopian works. These dystopian works can serve as a cautionary tale about the power that fear has. So many decisions in the world today are made because someone is scared of something.
Jack reflects the qualities of a totalitarian ruler, and makes totalitarianism successful by taking advantage of the fear the boys have on the island. The origin of fear and totalitarianism on the island is portrayed from the start of the novel. When the boys' plane has crashed, there are already elements of fear on the island. William Golding uses Piggy to portray the fear when Piggy says to Ralph,"‘This is an island. Nobody don't know we're here' (…) His
When he is leader, he shows his inner king and disposes of anyone he finds that is not important. As he progresses living on the island, his blood lust becomes way out of hand which makes the other boys grow to have the same blood lust and becomes so huge that it becomes a problem since they start to go way too far with it. His actions become questionable later on in the novel as it can be compared to a barbarian or a beast other than a british boy. What William Golding is trying to tell us with the character Jack is that in society, there are always going to be people going against the rules and destroying society, making it
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, is a classic novel about a group of schoolboys stuck on an island where fear and savagery consumes them. From the beginning of the book to the last page fear has a prominent role in the novel. Fear in the book manifests itself with many thoughts including what the littluns refer to as the beast, and the fear of not getting home. Fear leads some of the boys to make regrettable decision and it also leads Jack to a position of power. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding fear dominates the island that the boys are stranded on and this fear leads the boys to positions of power and influences some of the boys to make regrettable decisions.
In his novel Lord Of The Flies and article “Why Boys Become Vicious”, he tells of the production of savagery. Golding speaks of the circumstances that cause fierce behavior. Chaos, fear, and the corruption of power breed savagery. Without these components, savagery can not flourish. The first contribution to violent behavior is chaos, providing desperation during a time or event.
He had given everything, including his life, to obtain his power only to realize that it doesn't last. His ambition has driven him to savagery and it cost him his life. William Golding also shows the effects of ambition in Lord of the Flies. At one point in the story Golding describes a "quiet terror" among the boys as "Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority" (p.231). When they first landed on the island the boys established a somewhat organized form of government.
Golding states in the novel Lord the Flies, “Simon was mistaken for the beast and the boys get together and kill him” (Golding 147). This proves that the environment controls people because the island starts to slowly change the boys in becoming more and more vicious. According to the “Stanford Prison Experiment” article, “For the most part, however,
Humans were born with two fears; fear of falling, and fear of loud noises. According to the Oxford dictionary, fear is "an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm", but this definition is only one of many to define the term of 'fear '. Fear is events that we perceive to be dangerous to ourselves and to others. Fear is something that everyone possesses, and when conquered, turns into achievement. Before we discuss what defines fear, a clear line must be drawn between fear and anxiety.