The boys dance. Why is this ritual dance different from the others? Do the boys realize what is happening?  From Chapter 7.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The pathos of Simon's prophecy in the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding is in the first word 'you'll   get back to where you came from.' This is because, of course, Simon never makes it back! He does not say that they will make it back, or that he'll make it back - he is referring to people other than himself. Looking back, we can see the sorrow of this- he is comforting Ralph when really he is the one that needs to worry but doesn't know it yet. The other way of looking at this statement is to think about the idea of where the boys (and we?) have come from. This touches on the idea of redemption. If we have come from the dark of ignorance into the light of Christ as Christians through Baptism, then any regression away from Christ and 'civilized' honourable values might be a form of going back where we came from - a dark and harmful state of being.

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Early in the chapter, Ralph is sitting on the beach, just kind of thinking.  All of a sudden, he hears Simon making a prophecy.  Simon keeps telling Ralph that Ralph will "get back to where you came from."

The only dance that occurs in this chapter is when the boys pretend to be hunting a boar (Robert) after they missed out on killing the real boar.  What makes this one different from past ones is that they really lose sense of what they're doing and almost kill Robert.  In the past they never did that.

I don't think they know what is happening, but it's clear to us.  After this dance, they joke that next time they'll really kill something and that they should use a littleun.  This really shows how brutal they are becoming.


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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In Chapter 7 Ralph and Simon are talking.  Ralph is dirty and tired and feeling very down about their situation.  He questions if they will ever make it back home again.  Simon tells him that he will get back home.  Ralph continues talking and Simon tells it to him again.

"You'll get back to where you came from."(111)

Ralph and Piggy are hungry and they go to the fire where Jack is sitting as if he is a king.  He is being served by the other boys.  They are all feasting on meat.  They give Simon and Piggy some.  Jack tells them to dance and they are wrapped up in the excitement, splendor and savagery of their kill.  They are chanting "Kill the beast." They get more and more wrapped up in their thoughts and dance.  It is not longer a dance but a native ritual of death and violence.  When Simon comes out of the forest the boys caught up in their frenzy kill him.  They tear at him and then leave him to be taken away by the water. (Page 151) Chapter: A View to Death.


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mhmdalbadawi | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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1- the prediction Simon make is that Ralph will be rescued

2- because in this ritual dance, they use Robert as a boar, as they did it many times before, but this time they almost kill him and they do not realise anymore what they are doing, as well as transforming into savages.

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