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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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In Chapter 3 of the novel Lord of the Flies, why does Simon go to his clearing in the forest?

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In Chapter 3, Ralph and Jack argue about building shelters and hunting. Ralph tells Jack that Simon helps, but when they reach the shelters, Simon is nowhere to be found. Simon ends up wandering to a secluded clearing in the middle of the forest. This clearing is surrounded by hanging "creepers," aromatic bushes, and crossing trees. Butterflies dance around while the sunshine illuminates the isolated spot. Simon then makes himself comfortable as night falls. Golding's description of Simon's isolated area illustrates its beauty and serenity. Simon is different from the other boys, and because of this they think that he is weird. Simon feels more comfortable being alone and also enjoys nature. Simon travels into the secluded spot in the forest so that he can enjoy the peace and solitude of the forest. The clearing is a place where Simon can relax and appreciate nature. 

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