In Chapter 7 of Lord of the Flies, why does Simon tell Ralph that "you" will get back all right?

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mlsldy3 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ralph is the one who is trying to keep his wits about him. The boys are stranded on a deserted island and he has high hopes they will be rescued. Simon is very in touch with the nature around him and his quite intuitive about things. He knows that some of the boys will not make it off the island.

In chapter 7 we see that Ralph sees the ocean as a barrier to them being rescued. He sees it as a physical wall to anyone coming to rescue them. Simon tells Ralph not to worry because he knows that Ralph will be rescued. It does give Ralph a little bit of hope. In chapter 7 we also see some of the boys becoming more and more out of touch with reality. Ralph is losing any control he may have had on the boys. Piggy is basically the only one who is truly on his side. I also think Simon is talking about the mental stability of some of the boys. Yes some of them are rescued, but will they ever be able to "leave" the island and the events that happened there?

Most of the boys have gone mad and although they will be rescued, the horrible things they did on the island will follow them forever. Some of the boys will never be able to really leave the island. 

rmhope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Simon is the boy who provides Ralph with emotional encouragement, in the same way Piggy provides him with intellectual support. In this scene in chapter 7, Simon senses that Ralph is worried about never being rescued because of the huge ocean that separates them from their home. As a very sensitive and empathic person, Simon has read Ralph's thoughts. More than that, though, he has sized up the other boys on the island and evaluated their situation from a perspective no one else has. He is the only one who, when he thinks of the beast, sees with "his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick." He suggests about the beast in chapter 5, "maybe it's only us." He was right there when Jack beat Piggy and broke his glasses, and in a conversation with Piggy and Ralph where Piggy warned Ralph of Jack's hatred, Simon concurred. When Simon says "you"ll" get back to where you came from, he may have a premonition that he himself won't. This foreshadows Simon's vision and death in chapter 8 and his death in chapter 9.

sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Simon is an intuitive and sensitive young man.  He easily sees that Ralph is nervous about the hunting trip and what the boys might find on the hill.  He singles Ralph out because he respects Ralph, feeling that Ralph is trying to be a fair and compassionate leader,  unlike Jack, who just wants power.

royalxqueen | Student

Simon tells Ralph that he will get back to reassure him that he will get back home.  Ralph's main fear is the ocean, viewing it as a barrier from being rescued. Simon, however, shows that this barrier does not apply to Ralph. Throughout the book, Simon is shown to have a connection with nature therefore the reader can assume that Ralph will be saved. The stressed word of "you" emphasizes that idea that not all the boys will be saved.

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