Theme in Lord of the Flies: Children and Fear

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Children are innocent and free-spirited; this is why they are so naive. Which in turn makes them makes them to be easily frightened. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding writes about a group of boys who are stranded on a deserted island. At first, the boys try to make a government to keep the island under control; but their fears start to govern them towards the end of the of book. Fear is a major theme in this book.

The boys in the beginning of the book are trying to make best of the situation at hand. They construct a government choosing, Ralph as the chief. Things were not perfect but the boys, being children, didn't seem to worry too much. They were busy either playing, swimming, or exploring. When fear got introduced onto the island, this is when trouble begins. The children are in the middle of a meeting, when an unnamed little boy, with a mulberry-colored birthmark asks Ralph what he is planning to do with the "snake-thing" later naming it "Beastie".

Ralph tries to convince the little boy that there is no snake-thing or beast, while the rest of the boys laughed at the boy. However, each time Ralph says there was no such beast; the boys begin to think to themselves that maybe there was a beast living on the island. Everything seems to go back to normal, when Ralph says that they need to build a fire on the mountain. But now that the fear was instilled in them, things seemed different on the island. It's this little spark that makes the children generate different ideas about life on the island and ultimately make the children paranoid.

Ralph's fear of being stranded on the island forever becomes his top priority since...