Early in Ch.12, Ralph says "It was an accident." Compare this with Piggy back in Ch.10 when he said much the same. To what is Ralph referring?Early in Ch.12, Ralph says "It was an ccident." Compare...

Early in Ch.12, Ralph says "It was an accident." Compare this with Piggy back in Ch.10 when he said much the same. To what is Ralph referring?

Early in Ch.12, Ralph says "It was an ccident." Compare this with Piggy back in Ch.10 when he said much the same. To what is is Ralph refering?

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When Piggy says it in Chapter Ten, he is talking about Simon.  He says that he ought never to have come out of the woods like that when folks couldn't see straight.  But he wants to try and convince himself that the boys wouldn't kill him on purpose.

In Chapter Twelve, Ralph is referring to the boys killing Piggy, again trying to convince himself that they aren't so bad, that they wouldn't do something like that on purpose, but he knows deep down that it was in fact, on purpose.

This is one of the key moments with the comparison to the Ralph in The Coral Island, particularly because Ralph in Lord of the Flies is trying to convince himself that the boys couldn't actually be so evil, but like Piggy, he knows they are.

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