"Lord of the Flies" By William Golding This essay shows how Golding created an atmosphere of fear

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Fear first comes into play when the boys are all up on top of the mountain

after they light their first fire. The entire back side of the mountain bursts into

flames, and all that can be heard is the popping and hissing from the brush. The odd

pop sends branches and "creepers" into the air. When one of the little boys sees one

of the creepers fly up from down below, he screams "Snakes! Snakes!" This

frightens the other "lil 'uns."

While all the boys are still up on top of the mountain, Piggy had noticed that

something was missing. The boy with the large birthmark on his face was missing!

At first they didn't think too much of it. He could be playing in the bushes, or back

down at the beach. After a great deal of time, the small boy was still nowhere to be

found, and was soon forgotten by the other boys.

Although the boy with the

birthmark on his face was lost in the minds of the other boys, the memory of that

day still haunted Piggy. This reminded him of how he hated the society in which

they had created. He just wanted to get away from it all. Ralph was the only one

that ensured his survival. Without Ralph, Piggy was nothing.

The boy's fear of the unknown on the island leads to their fear of the beast. The

boys cannot accept the notion of a beast existing on the island, nor can they let go of

it. The recognition that no real beast exists, and that the only beast on the island is

fear itself is one of the deepest meanings of the story.