"Fear always springs from ignorance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. In this quote, the speaker expresses one effect that is caused by ignorance. One who does not possess much knowledge will always feel fear. Since a person lacks knowledge, they are unable to assume and use deductive reasoning. Not knowing much causes them to worry and worry turns into fear. This quote can be explained in many works of literature. In "Theseus" from the book Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin, Theseus develops fear when he lacks knowledge about the creature he needs to fight. From the same book, another myth of "Daedalus" provides an example for the quote. When Daedalus' made the wrong decision because of him being ignorant which cost him dearly in the end.
In the myth of "Theseus" in Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin, Theseus needs to fight a minotaur which is a half man and half bull creature. Except for this clue, Theseus lacked information and knowledge about his enemy. He had heard rumors, but they were not valid truth statements. This made Theseus uneasy at first and he was developing feelings of fear. Fear had come from the worry which Theseus had thought through in his mind. For the little information he had about the Minotaur, he tried to make sense out the situation. When Theseus and the Minotaur were facing each other, much of Theseus' courage was lost inside him. "Theseus became unsure of himself. He was confused by the appearance of the monster. It filled him with a kind of horror that was beyond fear." Theseus froze and stayed in a shock of fear until he made a cleaver plant to defeat the fearful creature. Another example from "Theseus" was about his journey. Theseus began as on average boy. He soon discovered that his father was a king and he goes through a journey of dangerous obstacles to reach his father. Theseus knew what creature he might inquire during his trip. "Theseus knew who this was; he had heard tales of him," because of his knowledge Theseus did not show any feelings of fear and could get on with his quest. Having knowledge and being bold correlate in the same concept as ignorance, or lack of knowledge correlates with fear.
In the myth of "Daedalus" in Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin, Icarus, son...