Describe Simon and Piggy's relationship in the novel Lord of the Flies.

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Simon and Piggy do not have a mutual relationship. Although they both value civilization and are Ralph's biggest supporters, Piggy does not respect Simon. Despite Piggy's dismissive views of him, Simon is quick to aid Piggy whenever possible. There are several scenes throughout the novel which depict Simon helping...

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Simon and Piggy do not have a mutual relationship. Although they both value civilization and are Ralph's biggest supporters, Piggy does not respect Simon. Despite Piggy's dismissive views of him, Simon is quick to aid Piggy whenever possible. There are several scenes throughout the novel which depict Simon helping Piggy and offering him support. In Chapter 4, Simon is quick to grab Piggy's glasses when they fall on the rocks, and in Chapter 7, Simon volunteers to travel back through the forest to tell Piggy and the littluns where the group is located. Piggy takes Simon's selflessness for granted and acts rather rude to him. In Chapter 5, during an assembly meeting where the boys discuss the existence of the beast, Simon admits that he isn't sure whether or not a beast exists. Simon says, "What I mean is...maybe it's only us" (Golding 89). Piggy quickly responds by saying, "Nuts!" (Golding 89). Piggy thinks Simon is crazy and doesn't attempt to understand his thought process.

Despite Piggy's pretentious attitude, Simon recognizes that Piggy is the closest person to grasping the truth, and even looks to Piggy for help and sympathy when he attempts to address the group in Chapter 8. Later on in the chapter when the boys are collecting wood for the new signal fire, Simon wanders off. Ralph asks Piggy if he thinks Simon is climbing the mountain and Piggy says, "He might be...He's cracked" (Golding 132). Piggy's response clarifies how he views Simon. Piggy tolerates Simon because Simon is a generous, helping individual, but Piggy does not respect him.

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