In chapter five of Lord of the Flies, one of the littluns woke up in the middle of the night and saw something moving in the jungle--what was it?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I was asleep when the twisty things were fighting and when they went away I was awake, and I saw something big and horrid moving in the trees" (85).

The little boy Phil tells his nightmare to Ralph in the assembly meeting as the boys discuss their fear of the beast.  After the little boy has told his story, Ralph demands if anyone from the rest of the group had been wandering around.

"There was a long pause while the assembly grinned at the thought of anyone going out in the darkness.  Then Simon stood up and Ralph looked at him in astonishment" (85).

Simon claims that the little boy actually saw him going or returning from his special place in the jungle, the one that he visits when he wants to be alone in chapter three.  Simon has a special affinity for nature and for the island; traveling alone in the dark does not paralyze him with fear the way it does the other boys.  After Simon reveals that he was actually the 'monster' that the little boy Phil saw in the dark, the other boys deride Simon's comment, and Jack claims "he was taken short" just to embarrass the boy even more. 

 

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