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Fear in 'Lord of the Flies'

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Transcript of Fear in 'Lord of the Flies'

By: Rachelle, Tori, Janelle and Noah
Theme Statement:
When a person is faced with the unknown, fear can develop, causing that person to rely on different coping mechanisms, leading to a variety of outcomes.
Sources of fear
The Unknown
The Beast
Each other
"When the sun sank, darkness dropped on the island like an extinguisher..." (61)
"It was dark [...] We was scared!" (173) (Savagery/Silence)
"There was the throb and stamp of a single organism." (168) (Savagery/Hysteria)
"What they might become in darkness nobody cared to think." (143) (Insight)
The Beast
"Of course the smoke won't show so much, not be seen so far away. But we needn't go near ; near the-" (142) (Silence)
"'Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! [...] You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you?'" (158) (Insight)
Kill the Beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do him in!" (168)
"At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore." (169) (Hysteria/Savagery)
"We need shelters because of the-" (52) (Silence)
Fear of Each other
"I'm frightened. Of us." (174)
"Unless we get frightened of people." (90) (Insight)
"I'm scared of him [...] If you're scared of someone you hate him but you can't stop thinking about him." (101) (Insight)
"The yelling ceased, and Samneric lay looking up in quiet terror. Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority."(202) (Savagery)
"All at once, Ralph was dancing round a lamp standard. There was a bus crawling out of the bus station, a strange bus..." (182) (Hysteria)
"'Jack.' A taboo was evolving round that word too." (154) (Silence)

When a person is faced with the unknown, fear can develop, causing them to rely on different coping mechanisms, leading to a variety of outcomes.
Thesis Statement:
In the novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding, the boys are presented with multiple aspects of fear such as darkness, the Beast, and the evil of mankind. These elements of fear can result in savagery, hysteria and insight, and are dealt with through silence.
Introduction to fear
"He wants to know what you're going to do about the snake-thing." (34)
The mulberry boy was the first to invoke the name of the Beast and place fear in the other boys.
Modern day connection:


Fear of the dark
Boogie Man
The Walking Dead, Lost
Texas Chainsaw, Saw
Symbol of Fear
The Beast-"Snakes were not mentioned now, were not mentionable." (53)
Percival-"Ever since then he had been peaked,red-eyed, and miserable; a littlun who played little and cried often." (61)
Jack uses the Beast to provoke fear in the boys and gain authority.
"There isn't a snake-thing. But if there was a snake we'd hunt it and kill it." (35)
"maybe there is a beast [...] maybe it's only us." (95-96)

"I know there isn't no beast [...] but I know there isn't no fear, either. [...] Unless we get frightened of people." (90)
"The sting of ashes in his eyes, tiredness, fear, enraged him." (132)
Connections to fear
Denies existence of beast
Jack's tribe (savagery)
Fears savagery
Enhance power
Loss of authority
Denies existence of a physical beast
Insight towards human nature
Creates the beast
Denies existence of beast
Fears savagery (Jack)
"But there isn't a beastie!" (35)
What is fear?
"an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger"

-Webster's Dictionary
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"

Which video scared you the most?

Which factors in each video make them scary?
How do the types of fear demonstrated in these video differ from one another?

Which elements of these videos relate to the fears of the characters in the 'Lord of the Flies'?
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