Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What is the significance of Simon's death in Lord of the Flies?

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In chapter 9, a tropical storm rages over the island, and Jack and his hunters engage in their ritual dance as heavy rains bombard the beach. During the chaotic atmosphere, Simon emerges from the forest, and the boys mistake him for the beast. Every boy, including Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric, join in the ritual frenzy and brutally murder Simon. This significant moment signifies the complete loss of innocence on the island and emphasizes the barbarity of the boys.

Simon is a symbolic Christ figure throughout the novel, and his death reflects Christ's brutal crucifixion. The fact that the boys have committed such an atrocious, brutal act signifies their complete descent into savagery. Essentially, Simon's death represents the loss of civility on the island and the point of no...

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is there any Civilization theories for lord Of The Flies

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Simon's death represents completion on degeneration from civilization to savagery.

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