Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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In Lord of the Flies, what happens during Simon's seizure?

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In Lord of the Flies, Simon is different from the other boys. He is shy and particularly sensitive, especially in his connection to nature, representing an almost spiritual goodness which is lacking on the island as the boys descend into savagery. The other boys are conditioned by society, up until they are alone on the island with no "grown ups," and, as part of normal society, have always behaved because of the threat of punishment but Simon has an inherent goodness. Simon is the first to realize what the "beast" really represents as he struggles with his own feelings : "You knew didn't you? I'm part of you?" It is during this inner struggle that Simon has a seizure. His "head wobbled" and he knows that "one of his times was coming on."  

During this seizure, it is as if the "pig's head on a stick" is talking to him, warning him that the boys' behavior will only get worse. The "beast" intends to have "fun," at the boys' expense and does not want Simon to spoil it. At this point, Simon blacks out completely and loses consciousness."  

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