Talk about Fright Nights. This is one haunted house that even thrill-seekers are going to want to avoid. The Woman in Black is interested in a lot of things—nature, the Sublime, revenge—but it's definitely interested in fear. What causes it? Who feels it? What does it prompt us to do? Is it just a fun emotion to evoke while we're sitting safely by the fire, or does it have a more primitive and profound purpose? And why doesn't Arthur obey his lizard brain and get himself out of Crythin Gifford before it's too late?
By making everyone afraid of her, the woman in black holds a kind of power that she did not have when she was alive.
Arthur starts off unafraid, but he becomes afraid as he begins to understand what's going on. Proper fear is a type of maturity.