What does Simon discover in the jungle after his seizure in Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, and what truth does he realize that he feels he must share with the other boys at camp as soon as...

What does Simon discover in the jungle after his seizure in Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, and what truth does he realize that he feels he must share with the other boys at camp as soon as possible?

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Just before Simon's fit, he hallucinated that the pig's head on the stick was talking to him, but when he awoke he realized it was only a fly-ridden carcass--the Lord of the Flies.

"What else is there to do?"

he asked. But there was no answer. He decided that he must solve the riddle of the beast, so he trudged up the mountain until he saw a "humped thing suddenly sit up on the top and look down at him." He discovers that the feared beast is actually the "corpulent" corpse of a man, entangled in his parachute, its lines tangled on the rocks. Simon must let the other boys know that the beast is not alive; it

was harmless and horrible.

The real beast was the fear within themselves.

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