What does Simon's treatment of the parachuist suggest?

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In Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, Simon awakens from his seizure and attempts to return to the others.  As he struggles through the creepers a "buffet of wind" causes him to stagger as his legs are weak and he is in pain.  When the wind touches the mountain-top, Simon sees "a humped thing suddenly sit up on the top and look down at him."  With flies on it and the "colors of corruption" upon the rotting figure, the already weak Simon kneels on all fours and vomits.  But, he is able to take the lines of the parachutist and free it from "the wind's indignity."  This action suggests that Simon is sickened by the sight of the evils of war and the destruction that it brings to man.  In an effort to free the spirit of the man who was once the parachutist, Simon releases the body from the confines of nature and the earth.

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