How does fear play a major role in "Lord of the Flies"? What are the effects of fear on the boys as the story progresses?
Hysteria regarding the existence of an enigmatic beast quickly spreads throughout the group after the littlun with the mulberry-colored birthmark describes a beastie that comes out of the forest at night. Ralph, Piggy, and Jack initially dismiss the possibility of a beast, but the littluns continue to cry during the night and insist that there is some sort of beast on the island. The talk about the beast becomes such a distraction that Ralph brings it up at the end of an assembly in chapter 5. While the majority of the older boys do not believe in a beast, Jack promises that his hunters can kill it, and Simon suggests that it exists.
In chapter 6, a dead paratrooper falls from the sky and lands on the top of the mountain. Eventually, Samneric spot the dead paratrooper and mistake him for the beast. Ralph, Jack, and Roger also believe they see the beast when they climb to the top of the mountain to investigate. Once the older boys discover what they think is the beast, the hopes of...
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