Why is Simon the only one to doubt the existence of a beast?
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Simon doubts the existence of the beast because he is the most clear-sighted of the whole group of boys. He is more intellectual, able to think things through, and able to rise above crude emotions of fear or fascination. The other boys appear rather childish in comparison, still believing fearfully in the existence of external monsters, of the kind that appear in fairytales, whereas Simon realises that the real monsters of fear and lust and violence are to be found within human beings themselves. Despite his depth of understanding, however, he is not able to prevent the group's descent into savagery. He symbolises the clear-thinking, rational side of human nature, as opposed to emotion and instinct.
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