Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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Ch. 9: What exactly is the irony of Simon's death? When you look at the language which describes the murder, explain what the children have become.

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Towards the end of chapter nine, the boys are dancing on the beach, reenacting the killing of the pig. They are chanting "Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!" They have let themselves become savages and released their moral obligations because they no longer...

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