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The Hour Of Fear Essay

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The morning of April 20th 1999 was intended to play out like any other day. However, plans changed as the clock struck 11:10 am; the media coverage around the events transpiring that morning grew, grasping the entirety of the nation with a state of horror and shock. In the Harry Potter Series, Albus Dumbledore said it best when he spoke to Harry “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself” (Rowling, 298). The names and faces of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are not what strikes fear in us, surprisingly; however, the name Columbine causes a shudder in a room the moment it is uttered. The Jefferson County Police Department released the narrative records of the events that morning and ...view middle of the document...

We remember Columbine and Virginia Tech so vividly, but yet no one remembers the names of the victims as they immortalize the perpetrators; even before Columbine, the case of The West Memphis Three proved our fear of dark, rebellious teens. However, it brings in to question what fear truly is; the dictionary defines fear as “A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid”(Dictionary.com). This definition may be accurate in some ways, but it does not answer the question of how or why we feel such a distressing sensation; the fear a person experiences towards objects, concepts, or thoughts is based solely on what that person perceives the thing to be. Take Hell as an example of this. Hell has always been preached to children as a place of pain and torture for someone’s eternal soul, if they were to go against the Christian way, but if Hell was filled with fluffy bunnies and rainbows no person would be scared to do wrong, unless they feared fluffy bunnies; ask a boy, or a girl, why they are scared of spiders, snakes, or sharks, something such as this, and you will most likely hear a response somewhere in the realm of “They are creepy and evil”. The reason for that is their perception of that creatures instincts and natural survival techniques, they believe they are evil or creepy, but we do the same thing with our abilities; though our abilities may be a bit more unique as Jared Diamond States in his book, The Third Chimpanzee “But among our unique qualities are two that now jeopardize our existence: our propensities to kill each other and to destroy our environment”...

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