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Fear in Lord of the Flies
Transcript of Fear in Lord of the Flies
William Golding shows that humans' fear causes them to act instinctively under unusual circumstances, such as the boys' actions in
Lord of the Flies
"'They're all dead,' said Piggy, 'an' this is an island. Nobody don't know we're here. Your dad don't know, nobody don't know-' His lips quivered and the spectacles were dimmed with mist" (Piggy, 14).
Here Piggy is trying to get Ralph to realize that they are in a terrible situation. Ralph has no fear and is covinced that his dad will come and rescue them soon; all they have to do is sit and wait. Piggy knows better than this because his parents have never been there for him, so he notices adults' flaws.
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"'We may stay here till we die.' With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence" (Piggy, 14).
The fear of never being rescued finally starts to set in here. This changes the entire mood of the story temporarily to a serious and stressed atmosphere. The word "die" sets Ralph off, because he is so used to having a near-perfect life. The thought of staying on a deserted island until they die, never seeing their families again, strikes fear through them all.
"It broke away-"
"Before I could kill it - but - next time!"
"Jack slammed his knife into a trunk and looked round challengingly" (pg 33).
This quote shows Jack, Ralph, and Simon's excuse for Jack not killing the pig. Jack's intentional violence is a result of his embarrassment, fear, and excitement all building up. Jack was fearful of the act of killing, and this scene is the beginning of his obssession to kill to prove that he is not weak.
"They talk and scream. The littluns. Even some of the others. As if - "
"As if it wasn't a good island" (pg 52).
This quote is when Ralph was trying to convince Jack that everyone is starting to get frightened of things in the dark; so they should focus more on getting rescued and building shelters instead of hunting. Simon puts his opinion of the subject into the conversation, saying that the others are acting as if it wasn't a good island. This means that he thinks that the boys are starting to become more mature and are beginning to notice the evil in supposedly good things, which makes them all fearful and doubting of the things they used to know as "good".
"But you can feel as if you're not hunting, but - being hunted, as if something's behind you all the time in the jungle" (Jack 53).
This quote shows that even Jack has his doubts of what is safe, and the ominous feeling of something else present on the island strikes fear through all of them.
"I cut the pig's throat," said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it. "There was lashings of blood," said Jack, laughing and shuddering, "you should have seen it!" (pg 69).
This quote shows how even though Jack's mask is helping him to prevent his emotions from showing, similar to how an adult masks their true feelings, he still has those feelings of fear and doubt. Jack is both pleased with himself for being what he considers to be tough, and afraid of what he might become because of it.
"I know there isn't no beast - not with claws and all that, I mean - but I know there isn't no fear, either." Piggy paused. "Unless - "
Ralph moved restlessly. "Unless what?"
"Unless we get frightened of people" (pg 84).
Piggy demonstrates his maturity and wiseness with this statement. He shows that human beings in general, especially adults, fear not only the unknown, but each other.
"Soon the darkness was full of claws, full of the awful unknown and menace. . .They began to stir though the world outside the shelter was impossibly dangerous" (pg 99).
With this quote, William Golding is showing how the boys' imaginations are creating a dangerous and menacing evil environment, despite their positive feelings towards the island during the day, where they can see what is going on.
"The circle moved in and round, Robert squealed in mock terror, then in real pain. . .All at once Robert was screaming and struggling with the strength of frenzy" (pg 114).
In this scene, Robert's fear and struggling transforms their innocent play into a frenzy where they may actually kill him.
"I'm warning you. I'm going to get angry. D'you see? You're not wanted. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island! So don't try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else - "
" - Or else," said the Lord of the Flies, "we shall do you? See? Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph. Do you. See?" (pg 144).
This scene in the book is when the Lord of the Flies is talking to Simon right before he passes out. The Lord of the Flies is using fear of being considered an outcast and being rejected by his friends to try to persuade Simon to follow him.