Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, what is the tragic irony of Simon's death? When you look at the language that describes the murder, explain what the children have become?

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In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the British school boys who are stranded alone on a desert island devolve over time into savage beasts exhibiting animalistic behavior without any signs of the civilization they left behind. Chapter 9 exemplifies this, as the children are blind to Simon’s humanity.

The boys chant of “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” is much more than a reflection of their hunger. They have become bloodthirsty. They long for the violence of the kill. Earlier, the Lord of the Flies told Simon, "I’m part of you...You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there—so don’t try to escape!"

Simon recognizes that the potential for savagery and violence was inside him, as it was inside all the boys. Ironically, the Lord of the Flies tells him that he will encounter that violence down where the boys are gathered, "so don't try to escape!" This foreshadows his death because it is true.

Simon rushes down to the rest of the boys. Once he reaches...

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