Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What does the Lord of the Flies tell Simon in Lord of the Flies?

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Toward the end of chapter 8, Simon visits his secluded spot in the forest, where he finds a severed pig's head on a stake in the middle of the clearing. Simon ends up hallucinating and has an enlightening conversation with the Lord of the Flies. The Lord of the Flies refers to Simon as a "silly little boy" and tells him that he better run off and play with the others before they begin thinking that he is batty. The Lord of the Flies proceeds to tell Simon that he is the beast and says,

"Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!...You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?" (Golding, 206).

After confirming Simon's belief that the beast is the inherent wickedness in each boy on the island, the Lord of the Flies tells him to go back to the others and warns him that it will be impossible to escape the evil boys. Since Simon is a symbolical Christ-figure in the story, his meeting with the Lord of the Flies alludes to Jesus's temptation in the desert. Simon's thoughts and feelings regarding the beast are confirmed by the Lord of the Flies and he decides to climb the mountain by himself when he awakens.

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The Lord of the Flies, or the pig's head on a stick, tells Simon what he has already begun to suspect as the most insightful character in the novel.  As Simon has tried to figure out exactly what the beast is, suggesting an investigation of the thing that the twins saw and watching the different groups of boys change as time on the island goes on, he has begin to have an insight that the rest of the boys lack.

And in his vision of the Lord of the Flies, it tells him that the reason it is all going wrong is that the evil, the beast is a part of them, it is inside of them.  Unfortunately the vision does the boys no good as they accidentally kill Simon in the excitement of him running out of the jungle to tell them what he's learned.