Where does Simon sleep during the first night in Lord of the Flies by William Golding?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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William Golding's most famous novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in 1954 and has become one of the most-read novels in classrooms all over the world. Despite that, there is one area of the novel which makes every reader just a little uncomfortable right at the beginning: what, exactly, happened before we meet Ralph, Piggy, the littluns, and finally Jack and his choir (which includes Simon)?

Obviously Golding did not think this was a particularly important detail, as he only gives us a few clues from which we must surmise the rest. If it mattered too much, he certainly would have given us the details; instead, what we get can be summed up with these points:

  • The boys were all on one airplane
  • The boys were all from several different boarding schools, so not all of them knew one another
  • The setting is World War II, and the boys were apparently being evacuated from England
  • The plane got caught in a skirmish at night and had to crash land after it was hit (wing was on fire)
  • The plane cut through the foliage and trees, leaving a "scar" as it crashed
  • Somehow all the boys were able to get off the plane, though none of the adults survived
  • Not all of the boys ended up in the same place overnight, as they all appear from different places.

That really is all we know before the story actually begins.

Specific to your question, Simon is part of the choir, and we know they were not in the same place as Ralph, Piggy, or any of the littluns. When everyone heard the call of the conch, they all moved toward the sound. The last to arrive were Jack and his choir, including Simon. 

Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbling along. Ralph saw it first, and watched till the intentness of his gaze drew all eyes that way. Then the creature stepped from mirage on to clear sand, and they saw that the darkness was not all shadows but mostly clothing. The creature was a party of boys....

All we know is that Simon and the rest of the choir spent the night somewhere far down the beach from the rest of the boys. When they hear the sound, the choir starts as a small speck and grows larger as they get closer. 

This is all we know about Simon's first night on the island; he was with the rest of the choir somewhere far down the beach from all the other boys. The boys' first full day on the island ends with a great conflagration, and we do not know where anyone sleeps that night. They start building shelters the next day.

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maria-vivanco | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The Lord of the Flies starts off with Ralph walking through the beach and finding a conch and Piggy. The author doesn't specify what happened before that scene. All that we know is that the boys survived a car crash. Simon is part of the choir boys (led by Jack) they all slept together at the other part of the beach. Simon slept with them on the other part of the beach. 

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amysor | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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During the first night, Simon sleeps with the choir, after the plane wrecked. This is implied, as Golding does not start the story from the first night, but from the morning after that.

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