What are some Biblical allusions (including quotes) in Chapters 6 and 7 of the novel Lord of the Flies?  

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"There was a sudden bright explosion and corkscrew trail across the sky; then darkness again and stars. There was a speck above the island, a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs." (Golding 95)

At the beginning of Chapter 6, Golding describes the paratroopers decent from the sky following an aerial battle. This scene alludes to the Biblical account of Satan's fall from heaven. According to the Bible, Lucifer was a prideful angel who was kicked out of heaven by the archangel Michael. The paratroopers fall from the sky alludes to the Biblical event of Satan descending from heaven. The dead paratrooper is believed to be the "beast" which symbolizes Satan.

"Someone's got to go across the island and tell Piggy we'll be back after dark." Bill spoke unbelieving. "Through the forest by himself? Now?" "We can't spare more than one." Simon pushed his way to Ralph's elbow. "I'll go if you like. I don't mind, honestly." (Golding 117)

In Chapter 7, Simon volunteers to journey back to the basecamp to inform Piggy that the boys won't be back for the night. Simon travels alone in the dark forest to give this valuable information to Piggy. Simon's journey alludes to Peter's journey in the Bible. Peter, one of Jesus' disciples, spreads the gospel throughout ancient Rome, ministering to unbelievers. Simon, who interestingly shares the same original name as one of Jesus' leading disciples, selflessly volunteers to share the information, much like the disciples of the Bible shared the gospel. In the book of Acts, Simon, whose name was changed to Peter, travels from Jerusalem to Lydda, Joppa, and Caesarea preaching the gospel to the Gentiles.

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