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Who helps the littluns get fruit in Lord of the Flies?

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naye | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 21, 2009 at 9:47 PM via web

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Who helps the littluns get fruit in Lord of the Flies?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 21, 2009 at 9:53 PM (Answer #1)

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You are referring to the end of Chapter 3. Simon, after helping Ralph build huts, goes away and walks towards the forest. Walking through "acres of fruit trees", the group of littluns who have run after him catch up with him, and get him to pick the fruit that they can't reach:

Here the littluns who had run after him caught up with him. They talked, cried out unintelligibly, lugged him toward the trees. Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands. When he had satisfied them he paused and looked round. The littluns watched him inscrutably over double handfuls of ripe fruit.

It is interesting that the littluns are described in a way that diminishes their humanity: they are not able to communicate with Simon clearly and are very greedy in their desire for fruit, glutting themselves as much as the can. Notice too, what this shows about Simon. He is clearly very different from the majority of the boys. He is generous and kind, and while most of the older boys would taunt and be cruel to the littluns, he is prepared to help them.

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