Which character speaks to the Lord of the Flies?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In one of the most pivotal moments in the novel, Simon encounters the Lord of the Flies.  What is originally portrayed as a pig's head on a stick, the Lord of the Flies morphs into a dangerous and symbolic representation of evil through Golding's sharp and vivid use of imagery.  In Chapter Eight, "Gift for the Darkness," Jack leaves the beast a gift--the severed head of the sow he had just decapitated--and it is this head that Simon meets in the forest. 

The head seems to agree with his thoughts, "that everything was a bad business" (136).  William Golding's use of dialogue and detail in this scene suggests that Simon's conversation with the beast takes place entirely in Simon's own mind.  The Lord of the Flies taunts Simon, and Simon fears "that one of his times was coming on.  The Lord of the Flies was expanding like a balloon" (143).

Simon's moment with the Lord of the Flies is significant, because he confirms Simon's belief that the beast is perhaps the boys themselves. 

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vampress | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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The Lord of the Flies mainly 'speaks' to Simon when he is in the forest. Many people think that this conversation takes place in his mind (as a way of hallucination). This can be backed up because the savagery that is building inside the boys is taking shape e.g. the beast: the beast turned out to be their mere imaginations (as if they were creating the beastie themselves).

However, the Lord of the Flies also 'speaks' to Ralph when he is hiding out in the forest.

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akuhano | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Simon is the character that ends up speaking to to the Lord of the Flies.  We aren't sure whether or not this scene is a hallucination or not.

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