Fear of the Unknown In The Tent Peg, one’s fear for the unknown is displayed through the desire to colonize, dominate and conquer another. Van Herk demonstrates that an individual is intimidated and threatened by the unknown, hence, giving rise to one’s survival instincts. The fear of the unknown overwhelms people to such an extent that their actions, beliefs, and behaviour are hindered by it. What is it about the unknown that is fearful?
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.
In both The Crucible and in modern day witch hunts, witch hunts are caused out of fear or for personal gain. Jill Schonebelen wrote a research paper on Witchcraft allegations, refugee protection and human rights. Throughout this article, it mentions the persecution of witches today in communities around the globe, mentioning the flashbacks of similar strategies that were used in the past, doing different types of tortures. In Modern days, recent generations have abandoned wonderful traditions. Rather, recollecting others with distasteful memories such as witchcraft.
The unknown is often associated with danger because of society. Tim Burton would argue that the abnormal could often be the uttermost significant in life. Through color contrast and physically abnormal characters, Burton displays in his films that society wrongly teaches people to fear the unknown. Burton uses color contrast to show the isolation and the unknown of the outcast characters in his films. For instance, in Edward Scissorhands, Edward was introduced when Peg found him sitting in a corner all alone.
Ultimately, the human heart seeks comfort and familiarity. The great unknown strips away this feeling of safety, leading to a vulnerability that draws the true nature of a person into the harshness of reality. Unfamiliar environments, newly met strangers, the imminent and all-too-unpredictable future--these things generally incite feelings of insecurity and anxiety; for some, panic accompanies the thought of not having control. Some avoid matters of fear altogether, opting for a life softened with intentional ignorance. It is the fatal tendency of mankind to manipulate their troubles into trivial tasks that can easily be ignored and eventually forgotten, or at the very least, left to the side.
Fear exists all around us, there is no true freedom from it; it is a basic human emotion. At some point in a person’s life, they will experience fear. However, the ability to overcome this fear is what humanity recognizes as “freedom from fear.” Whether you are skeptical about jumping into a new relationship or the ones you care about are in great distress and need your help, fear will try to block you from achievement. Nevertheless, thinking will not overcome fear but action will; a statement that has remained consistently true throughout human history.
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.
Since the beginning of mankind, fear has been a driving force in how humans adjusted to their surroundings. But when manipulated correctly, fear itself can be modified to make a person act in a variety of ways. One of the most common forms of manipulating fear is by building suspense. When implemented into writing, suspense can be used to grip a reader no matter what the topic or time period of the story may be. Suspense can illicit many different emotions from a reader, adapting over time to suit society’s interests and fears.
The short story opens with one of the narrator’s early childhood memories of learning to open her eyes under water in her family’s bathroom. Under her father’s supervision, she daringly dunks herself under the water of the bathtub, despite her lingering apprehension. This is the protagonist's first experience with conquering her fear of the water in order to discover a something new about herself that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, and thus her swimming career begins. These opening lines, though rather innocent, introduce Strutt’s developing theme of the significant role that emotions play concerning one’s perception of a situation. One of humanity’s more vulnerable aspects, foresight is easily influenced by how one feels in a given situation.