In the one of the covers of The Lord of the Flies why was a bleeding pig chosen as the front cover?What makes it different from other covers?

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In the novel, The Lord of the Flies, a cover which depicted a bleeding pig would be quite appropriate.  The bleeding pig can represent several important events in the book.  First of all, Jack and his hunters kill a pig in their ritual hunt, and when Simon stumbles into the group accidentally, he is killed by Jack's group.  Simon's killing is one of the most important events in the story as he is the true innocent and here, evil triumphs.  The pig cover could also represent the hunters and their ritual hunts which allow them to descend into hunters who become killers of humans and not just game.  The last idea for the pig on the cover is Piggy, the intellectual boy of reason and rules who is killed and the rules of civilization destroyed.  As for other covers, I have no idea what other covers were used. 

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