These three boys' deaths also serve to form the link the shows the progression of the degeneration of society. First, the littlun is killed more by accident and lack of survival sense. His death, in the eyes of these boys, would have been more minor because he was so young. Simon's death occurred in a frenzy that was instigated by several factors at the time. His death would have been a bigger deal because he was a little older (stuck between a bigun and littlun) and slightly more visible to the other boys, although his often excursions into his creeper place kept him away from their society. Piggy's death would have been worse because he was as old as Jack/Ralph and just as visible. His death certainly would have been noticed by everyone on the island. Of course, this link would have probably continued until its finale, the killing of alpha-dog Ralph, if the the naval officer hadn't arrived.