Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What does the Lord of the Flies tell Simon? Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Whether the pig's head says anything at all to Simon is questionable.  What has happened is that Simon, the intuitive member of the group, has suspected for some time that the boys have been degenerating into savages. 

After Simon retreats to his solitary place in the jungle, Piggy dismisses him as "cracked."  But, Simon is simply disturbed by the insight at which he has arrived.  When he perceives the head in his hiding spot, Simon imagines that head speaks to him when the knowledge is really in his heart.

The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life.  They assured Simon that everything was a bad business.

" I know that."  ....Simon had spoken aloud.

....Run away, said the head silently, go back to the others. It was a joke really--why should you bother? You were just wrong, that's all.  A little headache, something you ate, perhaps.  Go back, child, said the head silently.

Simon realizes that he sees evil incarnate.  The "Lord of the Flies [Beelzebub, the devil] hung on his stick and grinned."  For Simon, "what was real seemed illusive and without definition."  Intuitively, Simon apprehends that the evil is in the boys themselves:  "and his gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable recognition."  Then, Simon "hears" the Lord of the Flies" call him a silly little boy who the others think is "batty."  Simon imagines that the pig's head taunts him.  His mouth is dry and he feels faint, but he says, "Pig's head on a stick."  However, Simon believes that the pig's...

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