Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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How do Ralph and Piggy view Simon's death in Lord of the Flies?

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Both boys feel extreme guilt, but they deal with it differently. Ralph is shocked by the role all the boys play in killing Simon. At the beginning of chapter 10, he is ridden with guilt and tells Piggy that it was murder. Piggy seeks to explain what happened and why. He attributes the death to the boys' fear and calls it an accident, then he attributes responsibility to Simon for creating the fear. Piggy tries to end the conversation, while Ralph cannot help but talk about the savagery that has taken over.


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At the beginning of Chapter 10, Ralph tells Piggy that they murdered Simon. Piggy realizes that they savagely killed Simon, but attempts to repress the memory and not speak about it. Ralph takes responsibility for participating in Simon's murder, while Piggy begins to make excuses for their actions. Piggy mentions that they were scared, and Simon's death was an accident. Piggy tries to end the conversation by telling Ralph that it won't do any good by continuing to talk about it, but Ralph says that he's frightened. Ralph realizes the extent of savagery on the island and is appalled that he partook...

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