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Why do Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric lie about their part in Simon's death, or use the...

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hawk56 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 20, 2010 at 6:26 AM via web

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Why do Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric lie about their part in Simon's death, or use the darkness as an excuse?

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jieun102 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 30, 2014 at 10:53 PM (Answer #2)

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  1. Ralph, Piggy and Samneric all participated in the chants and had their share of the meat; deep down, they knew they should be account for the death of Simon. Guilt overwhelms these boys, and they find excuses to deny themselves of the incident and blame. If they admitted to their actions, it would make them seem like savages.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 20, 2010 at 6:32 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book "Lord of the Flies" the boys were with Jack and his tribe the night of Simon's death.  At first they were not going to eat, but they were given food by Jack and so they were hungry and ate it.  The boys began to dance around the fire and became almost entranced as they began to chant about killing the beast.  Simon entered from the woods at an inconvenient time because the boys were startled and thought it was the beast.

The boys were so enraged by the event that they continued to beat on Simon and bite and kick at him.  Ralph and the other two boys felt terrible guilt about their behavior and Simon's death.  They tried to pretend that it was a beast.    The boys could not cope with their own level of responsibility.


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