Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
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What are some examples of the themes of civilization and inherent evil in humans in chapter 9 of The Lord of the Flies?

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Lord of the Flies is a story about the roots of savagery in human nature.  In chapter 9, Simon sees the beast for what it is and returns to find other others turned to savagery, and they kill him thinking he is the beast.

Chapter 9 is when the two camps of boys separate for good.  Jack leaves the civilization of the conch and Ralph’s structure, and descends into the chaos of the hunt with his followers.

As the chapter opens, Simon is waking up from a blood-filled sleep.  He sees the Lord of the Flies, the pig’s head covered with flies.

Nothing prospered but the flies who blackened their lord and made...

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