Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What are Piggy's, Jack's, and Ralph's view of Simon's death?

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Simon is killed during a frenzied "dance" in which the boys, overcome by primal bloodlust and emotion, mistake him for the Beast. This marks a significant thematic turning point in the novel, because Simon had (arguably) represented spirituality and the possibility of the boys being called back from their degenerate state; his death is a symbolic blow to civilized power. Most incriminating is the fact that Ralph and Piggy participate in the murder, showing that even...

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