How is Fear Used as a Tool to Exercise Power in "Lord of the Flies" Lord of the Flies: Are the boys really afraid of the beast or is it something else? And, with that in mind, how is fear used as a tool to exercise power? The next several pages looks at the great text, Lord of the Flies, and at whether or not the young men in the book are frightened by the beast or, conversely, are frightened by something else? Moreover, in what way is fear used to exercise power in the text? In the end, the boys are really afraid of themselves and what they are becoming and Jack, with his bold proclamations, is offering them the cold comfort of protection from the beast – if not from themselves. Addressing the first question, we may contend that what the...The end:
.....come convinced that Jack is the only one to lead them. As one boy announced at one point: “Jack. The beast might be on the other side. You can lead again. You’ve been.” (Golding, 148). Jack’s strength lies in the fact that he offers the solace of forceful leadership during the midst of what appears to be an existential crisis that threatens to overwhelm the boys and entangle them in its snares. They are afraid and Jack gives them a reason not to be afraid. In the end, it is because he plays upon their fears of the unknown and their fears of the dark that Jack is able to grow very powerful despite his manifest character flaws and overt aggression. Works Cited Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: The Berkeley Publishing Group, 2003.