At the end of ch 9 on pg 170 what animal is Golding trying to describe?The quote is "...moon-beamed bodied creatures with fiery eyes." and "The strange, attendant creatures, with there fiery eyes...

At the end of ch 9 on pg 170 what animal is Golding trying to describe?

The quote is "...moon-beamed bodied creatures with fiery eyes." and "The strange, attendant creatures, with there fiery eyes and trailing vapors, busied themselves around his head."

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This scene has many different interpretations.  Mine leans more towards Christianity.  Simon is the Christ symbol throughout this novel.  When he dies, he dies with his arms out in the sign of a cross.  The "moon-beamed bodied creatures" to me were angels taking him away to heaven. 

As for Golding explaining it as an animal, I could only see them as fish.  They would shimmer in the moonlight.  In the analytical notes (attached) it says that the

"cleansing and removal of the corpse, suggests there is a relationship between man’s violent nature and the natural order of the world."

Perhaps they are a part of nature that help to keep order in our world of violence and chaos.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I love the angel interpretation.  I always saw it as spirits of the land--more like a everything has a spirit/Native American approach to living and non-living (rocks, land) things.

This interpretation opens up a whole new world, and I'm going to share it with this year's students!  Thanks! :)

epollock | Student

The quoted diction, "moon-beamed" and "fiery" possibly relates to the sun with its center and its rays. I would think that it is something that gives life as the sun provides warmth.

fishey | Student

wow i dont think i ever would have thought of that way i actuly thought they were flys or something. thanks.

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