Lord of the Flies

"Fear is the enemy for civilization; fear prevents construction and progress." Discuss fragility of civilization against the destructive powers of fear.

How is fear used in the novel and what dos Golding suggest about its destructive capabilities. Use 3 quotes from the book that help explain the answer.

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The fear is first manifested in their environment and the alleged existence of a “beast". Despite Simon's wise assertion that the beast may only be themselves, the boys begin to fall under Jack's tyranny and the fear that he wields through his henchmen like Roger. Golding feels human nature is dictated by fear. Emotional resources go to abating fear using the easiest means possible. That is why most of the boys gravitate so easily towards the violence, fun, and security that Jack offers rather than the personal and communal responsibilities that Ralph offers.