Fear In William Golding's The Lord Of The Flies

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Humans suffer more often in imagination than in reality. Imagination is driven by emotions, especially fear. The actuality of one 's perception of an alarming situation determines how one will handle it. In William Golding’s “The Lord of the Flies” the theme of fear is discussed and it becomes clear that fear has the power to take over, not only your mind but control your actions. Fear controlled Jack’s mental state to an extent which lead him to portray a new savage persona. The fear of possibly being stranded on the island was eating jack alive. If Jack showed his vulnerability and emotions, it would drive the fear to consume him. He was not able to keep these thoughts under control. Jack compensates for his fear by displaying an act of savageness and fearlessness. He behaved in a rather disturbing manner, “[Jack] began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling.” This behaviour distracted Jack’s mind from the frightening truth. Jack was intent on convincing everyone else on the island to not show fear as well. Instead to channel that fear into rage and anger,"…fear can 't hurt you any more than a dream. There aren 't any beasts to be afraid of on this island . . . Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies!” Again, Jack is needing the boys to behave as he is. He is not able to be around the boys who are afraid, which is why it results in Jack getting extremely angry. The savage persona Jack had created was now entirely consuming
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