Explain the author's purpose in Simon's dialogue with the sow's head.

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Golding uses Simon's conversation with "the beast" or the sow's head on a stake to explain fully the idea of the evil within the boys actually being the beast.  Simon has been set up as the only boy that really understands what is happening and his vision is the one that finally brings home to him where the beast comes from.

Golding also uses it to foreshadow Simon's beating and death at the hands of the boys which links permanently the idea of the beast with the behavior of the boys and their willingness to even purposely kill one another to try and fight off their fear of the beast or their fear of their own inner nature.

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