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What does the Lord of the Flies look like when Ralph sees it in Chapter 12?

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iheartkoko | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 25, 2008 at 7:36 AM via web

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What does the Lord of the Flies look like when Ralph sees it in Chapter 12?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 25, 2008 at 7:55 AM (Answer #1)

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When Ralph finds Simon's hiding place in Chapter 12, the pig's head is now a pig's skull, the flesh having been eaten away by the swarming flies. At first he sees "the thing as lifeless" but then when he looks levelly at it, it seems to grin and "hold his gaze masterfully and without effort." The skull then seems to "[regard] Ralph like one who knows all the answers and won't tell." Ralph senses that the skull is significant, but, unlike Simon, does not understand any further.

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