In Lord of the Flies, what effect does fear have on the events in chapter 6?

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At the beginning of chapter 6, the boys have just been discussing what adults would do and how adults are not afraid of the dark. Their irrational fear of the'beast' is stopping them from concentrating on important things. But even Ralph admits

experiencing some nameless fear, but that it is not of a physical beast.

 The Beast is suddenly personified as Sameneric - through their wild imaginings- convince the others that they saw

 one with eyes, teeth, and claws.

Ralph pointed fearfully at Eric's face...where the bushes had torn him.

Even the twins are so taken up by fear that they allow the boys to believe it was not the bushes but was  

ripped by the beast

The forest is even almost alive and every sound is terrifying to the point that it even


Neither of the boys screamed but the grip of their arms tightened and their mouths grew peaked.

It is

some kind of threatening creature.

 A visual image is created as any grasp on reality (a main theme of the novel) is lost.

Refer to the Lord of the Flies study guide and navigate to the summaries and other information to help you understand how the boys reactions are indirectly porportionate to any event and their overreaction is quite extreme.

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