Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Please explain the conversation between the Lord of Flies and Simon in William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies.

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In chapter eight of Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, Jack and his hunters sharpen a stick at both ends and place the dismembered head of a pig on it as a kind of offering. Jack says, “This head is for the beast. It’s a gift.” Jack knows that he is helping his hunters to be less afraid by suggesting this token as some kind of appeasement for the imaginary beast they are all at least somewhat afraid of; however, it is literally just a rather gory pig's head on a stick.

Simon has seen the entire incident from his place of solitude, the place he goes when he needs to be alone. The first thing we learned about Simon is that he is prone to fainting, and the description of this conversation with what is called the Lord of the Flies suggests that it is all some kind of a waking...

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