Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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How does the fear of the unknown control the boys in The Lord of the Flies?

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In Chapter 2, some of the younger boys complain of a "beastie" on the island. Jack claims he will hunt and kill it. Ralph tries to tell them that there is no beastie. He would rather they devote their attention to being rescued. Already, this unknown fear has begun to distract some of the boys from more important things such as building shelters and being rescued. 

In Chapter 5, Ralph notices how this unnamed fear is affecting the boys. He says they started out well on the island, but the fear is "breaking" them up. Ralph continues to stress the importance of keeping the fire going so that they can be rescued. Now, the...

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