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In Chapter 7, why does Simon tell Ralph that "you" will get back all right?

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xtraordinarylina | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 23, 2007 at 8:12 AM via web

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In Chapter 7, why does Simon tell Ralph that "you" will get back all right?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 23, 2007 at 12:18 PM (Answer #1)

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Simon is an intuitive and sensitive young man.  He easily sees that Ralph is nervous about the hunting trip and what the boys might find on the hill.  He singles Ralph out because he respects Ralph, feeling that Ralph is trying to be a fair and compassionate leader,  unlike Jack, who just wants power.

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royalxqueen | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted December 1, 2008 at 8:37 AM (Answer #3)

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Simon tells Ralph that he will get back to reassure him that he will get back home.  Ralph's main fear is the ocean, viewing it as a barrier from being rescued. Simon, however, shows that this barrier does not apply to Ralph. Throughout the book, Simon is shown to have a connection with nature therefore the reader can assume that Ralph will be saved. The stressed word of "you" emphasizes that idea that not all the boys will be saved.

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