What is the symbolism and meaning of the jungle glade with Simon in Chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies?

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Simon’s experience in the clearing demonstrates the beauty present in savagery.  The jungle represents the breaking down of society, and the temptation inherent within.  When the boys are stranded on the island without adults, they have to police themselves.  The setting is metaphorically significant.  A jungle is a feral, uncontrollable place.  Earlier in the chapter, Simon discusses the possibility that the beast is real, and there are real dangers in the jungle.  Yet when Simon ventures into the clearing, he sees it as a harmonious and ideal place.  This is the same as when we watch animals in the wild.  We are attracted to the symmetry of natural savagery.

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