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tink10 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted April 3, 2008 at 4:45 AM via web

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"Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential illness" What does this mean? What is the "illness"?

(Ch.5,p.89)

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slshcolnik | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 5, 2008 at 6:51 AM (Answer #1)

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Man's "essential illness" as presented by Golding, is man's inherent evil nature. This illness (man's tendency towards evil) is represented by the boys decent into violence and depravity - ultimately the death of Simon himself. Simon was the most intuitive of the group and saw that this starting to become a problem in the group. He just was not able to articulate - or find the words to explain - this to the rest of the boys. Even if he could, most likely the group would not have understood or cared about what Simon was saying.

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moniq16 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2008 at 12:29 PM (Answer #2)

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mankind's essential illness is the necessity to kill

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