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Transcript of Fear
By: Emily, Janice, Taylor, Blair, Lilly and Sydney
What Motivates People?
How do people gain power over others?
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
A graduate of Pennridge High School threatened to bomb the school on Yik Yak, an anonymous posting app. The police were fearful of the threat, so they were motivated to quickly catch the person who made the threat.
The US was fearful after the well-known tragedy of 9/11, and as a result the government was motivated to heighten security to try to protect the nation from future terrorists attacks. This includes much more in-depth searches in airports, more security cameras, and debate of NSA searches through phones. The Department of Homeland Security was also created as a result of 9/11, responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the United States from terrorist attacks and other disasters.
"This will be a real hunt! Who will come?"
Ralph moved impatiently....
Jack sneered at him.
"Course I'm frightened. Who wouldn't be?" Pg. 100
The fear of so many teenagers dying at the hands of a bomb motivated the community and police to search for the people who made the threat. Although it turned out to be untrue, the fear motivated the community.
They are scared of the beastie, this fear motivates them to find and kill the beastie.
“He’s going to beat Wilfred.”
Robert shook his head doubtfully.
“I don’t know. He didn’t say..”
“But the chief didn’t say why?”
“I never heard him.” pg 159 - between Roger and Robert
Jack used unnecessary force
and ruled over the boys by scaring them into obedience.
“I’m warning you. I’m going to get angry.
D’you see? You’re not wanted...we shall
do you? See?” pg 144 - LOTF to Simon
The Lord of the Flies threatened Simon and used his fear to get inside his mind.
"There's another thing. We can help them find us. If a ship comes near the island they may notice us. So we must make smoke at the top of the mountain. We must make a fire." Pg.38
When the U.S. passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, it was because they didn't want France to be able to spy on them during the quasi-war after the XYZ affair. The Alien Act allowed the U.S. to be able to deport immigrants, and the sedition act allowed the U.S. to imprison anyone putting anything against the government in the publics thoughts. The U.S. was scared of people spying on them, or helping the French to beat them, so they were motivated to pass laws that would help to prevent this.
They have fear of not being rescued and stranded on the island forever. Being rescued means a lot to them and when they saw a ship they got all excited, and then realized that the fire has gone out and Jack wasn’t watching it. They became very angry and fear began to grow inside of them because that might have been their only chance of getting rescued and Jack was too worried about catching the pig.
In Salem, 1692, people were afraid of witchcraft. They accused many people of being witches, so they arrested them, hanging them, pressing them to death, and dying in prison. People were
of witches, so they reacted violently, killing people who were believed to be witches.
After a Caucasian policeman shot an innocent black teenager in Ferguson, a fairly peaceful protest broke out against it. Policemen were motivated to show up on the scene carrying military-style weapons and shot tear-gas into the crowd as a result of their
In our social sphere, a Pennridge student assaulted one of his peers on October 17. He dragged her into the boys' bathroom at 6:43 am and attempted to rape her at knifepoint. He demonstrated the use of gaining power over her by using a weapon and physical force to get what he wanted.
Fear motivates people, and can be used to gain power and control over others. Sometimes, people who want to be leaders see an opportunity to lead the people, and, even though some might have been unjust, people followed them because they were scared. There was someone to lead them through the dark, and their fears motivated them to follow them no matter how much they disagreed with their views.
After World War I, Germany's economy was at an all time low and the people were looking for a leader to bring them through the horrible depression. Adolf Hitler took the opportunity to exploit the Germans' vulnerability and used their weakness to control the country. He gained their trust and ended up killing over 11 million people.
During the French revolution, the people of France needed a leader. Napoleon wins France over with his speeches. The is then commander of all of the French army at age 26. He is thought to be one of the best yet worst rulers of France. He established a bank system, and a legal code that France still uses to this day.He also crowned himself the emperor of France, invaded nearly every country in Europe, crowned his baby son king of Rome, appointed many other relatives in charge of other countries, and started dozens of wars that cost millions of lives.
ISIS is a terrorist organization stationed in Hutro, an ancient city in Iraq. They're waging war on the state, as well as the identity of its people. They rule through terror, destruction, and violence. They destroy religious shrines, slaughter and enslave minorities, and pillage priceless artifacts. They use their base to store weapons and ammunition, train fighters, and execute their prisoners. They control people through fear - fear that their loved ones will be killed, fear that they will be killed simply because of their religion, their beliefs. Fear that the things they love will be destroyed. The ISIS "soldiers" are "Aliens, with alien ideology. They don't see these as the accomplishments of humanity. Their mindset is petrified, and take pride in nothing."
People are motivated by their physical needs as well as their personal beliefs and values.
People gain power over others by using their fears to force them into obedience. Using violence physically and mentally against the innocent can scare them enough to obey any leader - fit or unfit.
A doctor, Craig Spencer, who has recently returned from Guinea has tested positive for Ebola. He’s the first case to be diagnosed in New York, and the fourth to be diagnosed in the United States. He returned to the U.S. last week after treating Ebola patients in Guinea while he was with “Doctors Without Borders”. He completed his work on October 12th, and left the country two days later. Spencer arrived at the J.F.K. national airport on October 17th, he had no symptoms until Thursday morning. He was mindful of his contact with people, and took his temperature twice a day. Three people, his fiancee, and two friends are now under quarantine and being monitored. Ebola isn’t contagious until you exhibit symptoms. The evening before feeling symptomatic, he visited a bowling alley, took three subways, and went for a three mile jog. This poses no threat to the people he may have been near, since he did not exhibit symptoms at the time. He’s now in isolation at one of the eight hospitals statewide that are part of New York’s Ebola preparedness plan, New York’s Bellvue Hospital Center. The hospital is “... ready as one could be” for the Ebola outbreak and treatment. People are afraid of Ebola, so they allow it to gain power by going to extreme measures to save themselves from the epidemic.