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Lord of the Flies: What does Simon's line, "You'll get back to where you came from," on...

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georgesimms | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 29, 2009 at 7:56 PM via web

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Lord of the Flies: What does Simon's line, "You'll get back to where you came from," on page 122 foreshadaow?

Just out of curoisity why is the above line repeated?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 29, 2009 at 10:07 PM (Answer #1)

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In the book by Golding "Lord of the Flies" Ralph is starting to become frustrated with his new environment and unclean self.  They are on the side of the island that is blocked from any advantage of rescue.  The other side of the island is more compatible for a possible rescue.  Simon senses Ralph's sense of doom and doubt that he will ever be rescued.  In response Simon tells him at first:

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

Ralph watches Simon's face to try and figure out why he had said this to him.  Simon then says:

"All the same. You'll get back all right.  I think so anyway." (111)

Simon again repeats his statement after Ralph rubs his head telling him that he is batty.

The statement foreshadows Ralph's escape from the island in the end of the story, but it also serves to lift Simon up into the "Christ like" figure that he represents.  He identifies the good in Ralph as well as Ralph's abilities.  He is also making a prediction based on Ralph's goodness.

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mizzbiebs | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 28, 2012 at 2:20 AM (Answer #3)

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It is also foreshadowing that Simon would not be able to go back . :(

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