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How are Simon and Piggy's deaths foreshadowed?

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laurynv | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 24, 2009 at 5:43 AM via web

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How are Simon and Piggy's deaths foreshadowed?

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srodgers1029 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 24, 2009 at 12:04 PM (Answer #1)

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Piggy's death is foreshadowed earlier in the novel during the scene in which Roger stands in the palms and throws rocks at the child building sand castles on the beach.  In this scene, Roger still feels enough of the pull of civilization on his life that he does not actually hit the child.  Each time the child turns to find who is throwing the rocks, Roger hides behind the trees.  Once Roger, Jack, and the others in Jack's "tribe" begin to paint their faces, Roger is "hidden" out in the open; he no longer needs the forest for protection.  Just as he throws the rocks on the beach, he later hurls a boulder down upon the innocent and naive Piggy.

When Simon tells Ralph that Ralph will get back to civilization, his language implies that he realizes he will not.  His death is foreshadowed in the intense scene in which Jack and the others in his tribe violently kill the sow.  Simon's murder occurs in exactly the same way, and he was just as innocent as the near-helpless animal.

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