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In "Lord of the Flies," what is Simon's family history?

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...those siblings at home is not absolute.  In fact, when a strong figure presents an opinion, Simon tends to "clam up" and finds it difficult to present his thoughts and opinions to the group.  This is exampled very well in his inability to tell the others what the real beast is.

All of this put together very much reminds me of the older brothers I see in school on a regular basis.  They can be very protective of their younger siblings during the school day, especially those that have more than one in the building.  However, once mom or dad is around them, they have a tendancy to give over that control and supervision to the higher authority, particularily if the parent has an overpowering personality.  This provides a stark contrast to other characters...

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