Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Analyze how Ralph, Piggy, Sam, and Eric deal with Simon's death in Lord of the Flies. How can their reactions be applied to the novel's theme of civilization versus savagery?

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Toward the beginning of chapter ten, Ralph acknowledges that they killed Simon during the violent storm but Piggy refuses to accept responsibility for participating in the brutal murder. Piggy proceeds say that he was on the outside of the circle and tells Ralph:

It was an accident...that’s what it was. An accident. (Golding 225)

When Samneric arrive, the twins also refuse to accept responsibility for their actions and...

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