Lord of the Flies

comment on what the following speeches about fear reveal about the speaker

" as long as there's light we're brave enough. but then? and now that thing squats by the fire as though it didnt want us to be rescued " (ralph)

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Ralph knows the boys are only brave when there is light. The darkness brings out their fears much like the Littluns experience. Ralph never believed in the existence of beast but now, with the insistence of the twins, he is forced to confront the idea of something else at play on this island. Here Ralph comes close to the truth that Simon understands. The "thing" that doesn't want to be rescued is really a manifestation of the boys themselves.