Literature-In-English Paper 3, May/June 2012  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Main
General Comments

Question 6

Discuss fear as a dominant theme in the novel.


Candidates were expected to discuss the following points.

  • Fear dictates the behaviour of the boys as they are seized with various types of fear right from the day they appear on the island.


  • The fear of being marooned forever is piggy’s immediate preoccupation.
  • The fear leads them to tackle their uneasiness by trial and error –hunting, dancing and fighting in order to cover-up their fear.


  • Ralph is afraid that the unity of the group may disintegrate and the group may become debased.



  • Despite Jack’s show of toughness and capacity to lead, he struggles to hide his own fear of the beast.


  • All the boys except Simon are afraid of the beast.


  • Jack’s fear intensifies with the murder of Simon and it grows into a strong desire to eliminate Ralph.
  • Simon demystifies the fear in the novel.  He insightfully comments that the beast might just be in their minds.


             Candidates’ performance was fair.                                                                                                 

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