Fear is a powerful emotion which controls human beings. Throughout history fear has depicted the outcome of society because few people live with no fear. During horrific events including the Salem Witch Trials, McCarthyism and the ongoing battle against terrorism fear was a response to uncertainty. The Salem Witch Trials were the unfair hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft, these trials were expressed in the Crucible written by Arthur Miller. McCarthyism was when thousands of Americans were accused of being communists, the event was portrayed in the movie Guilty By Suspicion.
Fear, it is the unpleasant emotion caused by the beliefs that is dangerous. Generally, one would have fear when they are in trouble or in need. In the Chrysalids, written in 1955, by John Wyndham the sense of fear gradually increases. Throughout the book, fear was definitely one of the big themes this was mainly shown when Mrs. Wender does all she can to protect her child, the fear of being different in their community and the fear of going somewhere unsafe. At a young age David’s family had a reputation to uphold, his family’s very religious being wealthy in their community.
Throughout our lives, we will be met by situations and obstacles that we fear, it’s how we react to these obstacles and fear that shape us as individual and as a society. In the Article “Can a Playground Be Too Safe”, author John Tierney explains how we must be afraid for there to be success, risk taking behaviors pushing our limits and proving to ourselves what we are capable of. Along with risk taking: fear, pain, and dangers are all necessary for humans to grow mentally. Eliminating danger and fear from society and daily activities, stunts the growth of the brain and people now have the disadvantage of going into obstacles blindly. Some fear and pain is necessary in the natural growth and development of the human brain, to learn what is wrong from right and what we like and dislike.
George Orwell’s novel, 1984 and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, both share fear as a common theme. Fear as a tool can control, change, and force people to do things that do not seem acceptable, such as make people turn on others, become violent, and forgo their belief system. Fear can be used in many different ways, such as controlling a population of people to gain power or wealth. In The Time Machine, a group of people called the Eloi, had direct power over another group called the Morlocks. In 1984, one small group of people called the “brother hood” had complete control of society.
Fear has the ability to manipulate people into believing there is danger when there is not, causing them to make rash decisions. These decisions can result in a disobedience to one’s cultural beliefs, as seen in Lord of the Flies and Beowulf. Even though the characters from Lord of the Flies and Beowulf come from cultures built around nobility and loyalty, fear tears them apart from the society they had worked hard to achieve. Although the boys from Lord of the Flies tried to keep their culture’s morals, the fear of the unknown caused the children to betray their Culture.
Bradly LeMay Mrs. Easton English 5, Period 1 12 January 2016 Informative essay on reading the crucible Fear has always been here and fear will always be here all that we can do is combat it, cover it up. Every member of society is afraid of something weather it be big or weather it be small. The thing that is causing the most fear today are acts of terrorism.
Many parts of Martin Luther King’s dream have come true, or much closer to realization. The dream of ending segregation has been fulfilled and there are equal rights for all races. The USA and much of the world has moved a long way towards Kings wishes that people should “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” One of the interesting documentary, I watched was call The Color of Fear, where it was talking different ethnicities. .
Tracing back to the 16th century witch hunting has been around causing the lives of many innocent people destruction. Witch hunting has never died off, it is still here today. In my opinion witch hunting will always exist and occur as long as we have fear, ignorance and jealousy. Many people were accused of being a witch or committing witch activity mainly throughout the 16th and 19th century. Primarily because people fear for what they don't know or can't understand.
Fear can be defined as an unpleasant feeling triggered by a situation. It is an emotion encountered by every human being. However, the reactions of people to fear may vary. Indeed, it ranges from the loss of rationality to the capacity of adaptation in extreme conditions. Thus, fear can be perceived as a weapon to control and manipulate society.
Fear is a powerful emotion that dictates many choices made within our life, whether we choose to hide, run away, or face what scares us, our lives in present day have fear embedded in it. Anxiety rises at the most minute things and our heart starts to skip beats. Fear is quick to rise and hard to get rid of, and it is something that will dictate a major part of our life. Fear is usually defined as an uncomfortable feeling that usually arises when we feel threatened or if something scares us.
When Franklin D Roosevelt was in the presidential race with Herbert Hoover, he said something that has had an impact American citizens since 1932, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Although some people believe he was a loiter and had some pretty bad policies as president, he had something going with this quote. While most presidents typically produce quotes that make you want to fear yourself into voting for them, FDR decided to lift the fear factor altogether. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the boys allow fear to consume them and take over their sense of judgement, much like FDR warned Americans of nearly 100 years ago. Fear can cause your mind to react in ways you have no control over.