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One of the greatest emotions that controls the way any person thinks in certain situations especially in Lord Of The Flies is fear The fact that except Jack all of the boys are younger than thirteen greatly affects the amount of fear that controlled them From the very first chapter until the last fear plays an important role in this text It is the only thing which stops the boys from acting rational at times from questioning curious circumstances and it physically hindered so many of the boys so many times The active role of fear in Lord of the Flies was intentionally used by Golding because he knew what images it would create Fear is the only thing that stopped the boys from going into the darkness Literally and also symbolicallyAll of the boys on the island are still of quite a young age Generally associated with such ages are night-mares and the infamous boogey-monster These things are enough to frighten any kid of youth but now they are on an island a new place where they are not cared for anymore It is quite understandable that the first mention of a snake-thing or beastie be dismissed by the elder boys as a nightmare Even the names echo a childish ring However the other little boys do not dismiss it Already by the second chapter fear has worked its way into their society He says the beastie came in the dark about a littilunBut I tell you there isnt a beast RalphFrom this moment on the smallest of the boys begin to have bad dreams and are scared to go near the jungle In this sense the jungle represents the darkness because it is an unknown place with little light where there is the possibility of infinite horrors including death Around the jungle is the fear If the boys were to walk on the beach they might somehow forget about the beastie but the
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