In "Lord of the Flies", how does Golding prepare us for the murder of Simon so that we accept it when it happens?

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Those who are different and do not "fit" into a group are usually feared and ostracized in societies.  Such a character is Simon. Intuitive, he is neither rational like Ralph and Piggy, or physical, predatory, and sadistic like Roger and Jack and the other hunters.  He is not a "big'un, nor is he a  "littl'un." Simon is a loner, and a loner always invites criticism, if not censure.  He is the only one with the courage to go up to the "beast" and discover the paratrooper's body.  But, because he is not articulate, Simon fails to communicate this knowledge at the meeting and is scoffed for his clumsiness. 

The reader is prepared for this reaction as earlier in Chapter 8 Simon picks up the conch to suggest going up the mountain, but the "half-sound of jeering [that] ran around the circle" and Simon shrinks from it as the assembly "took his voice away."   Because he cannot communicate, Simon is later killed by the "fear-mad" boys who have released their savage nature already as demonstrated in their hunting and killing of the pig.  Thus, his powers of intuition and his awkwardness are Simon's undoing against the forces of evil unleased in the hunters. 

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