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by William Golding

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In chapter 5 of Lord of the Flies, how does Simon feel about speaking up?

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In chapter 5, Ralph holds an assembly to discuss why the boys have been neglecting their agreed upon tasks. After chastising the boys for not following directives, Ralph brings up the issue regarding the beast. Ralph begins by telling the boys that the beast does not exist and that it is simply a figment of their overactive imaginations. Jack and the other older boys agree with Ralph until a littlun mentions that the beast comes out of the sea. The boys then begin to argue about the beast's identity and Simon feels compelled to address the group. Unfortunately, Simon is terrified of public speaking and Golding writes, "to speak in assembly was...

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