Lord Of The Flies

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On an island where no established civilization exists, fear consumes all and converts human beings into savages. In Lord of the Flies by Golding, Jack lures small children into his tribe, and controls them through means of fear. Jack, the chief hunter, ensnares susceptible children with a scarce delicacy -- meat. Through the children's fear of hunger, Jack is able to impose his will upon the members of his tribe. As they hear more about the beast, the terrified children lose their civilized ways and turn to any sign of security, no matter how wicked the alternative may be. When Ralph discusses about the beast during the night, younger children shudder and move close together as an indication of fear. Instead of seeking the sane choice of civilization, these children leap to the immediate but ultimately unwise choice, because it may possess the protection they request. To further cement his supremacy and exploit children with fear, Jack maintains that the beast is forever living, and almighty.

This assertion of power extends the children's apprehension of the "great beast" to such great levels that their way of "living in terror" in Jack's tribe seems more dependable. Jack utilizes element of fear to deceive the group into carrying out actions against their will, and thus creating uncivilized beasts from innocent children. Through Jack's method of employing fear, the civilized children are turned to savages.