After Simon's death in William Golding's Lord of the Flies, why do none of the children fully recognize the significance of what they have done?

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In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Simon is the character who is closest to understanding that the "beast" the rest of the boys fear is actually them. After he makes the discovery, he tries to tell the others. Unfortunately, his timing is awful, and he crawls (because he is weak at the time) into a chanting circle of all the other boys who are reenacting their latest successful pig killing. It is dark and stormy on top of the mountain, and the boys are all (even Ralph and Piggy) caught up in the frenzy and kill Simon as if he were a pig they had surrounded at a hunt.

Your question implies that none of the boys are aware of the significance of having helped murder Simon, one of their own; in fact, it seems clear that at least some of them are quite aware of what they did and what it means. Ralph, in particular, knows.

The morning after the incident, Ralph and...

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