Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies, why does Simon want to climb the mountain?

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Simon wants to climb the mountain to find the beast. Although the others shudder at the idea, Simon, the most spiritually inclined of the group, is not afraid. He realizes the group of boys is splintering after Jack runs off, so Simon want to do something.

Simon realizes that they will be paralyzed and unable to make the best decisions until they understand what the beast really is. Therefore he sneaks off, lies among the butterflies, and watches as Jack and his followers kill the pig. He has a hallucinatory conversation with the pig's head, in which it tells him it is Satan's minion, "the lord of the flies." It also informs Simon that the beast he seeks is not out there on the mountain but is the evil that resides inside each of them. Simon realizes that the boys have to conquer their own desire for violence and pleasure—they need to control their own beasts within. Jack, however, has by now unleashed the atavistic beast within the boys.

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Unlike the other boys on the island, Simon...

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