Which event is the story’s climax in Lord of the Flies?

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To figure out when a climax occurs, ask yourself when you know the outcome of the main conflict. The climax occurs just before this and is the most intense or exciting moment of the play. The death of Simon foreshadows the climax, but it isn't the climax.I agree that the climax occurs when Jack and his gang are chasing Ralph, intending to kill him. That's the most intense moment of the play. When Ralph runs into the man who is there to save them, we then know the outcome of the main conflict.
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I would consider the story's climax to be when the boys kill Simon. All the fear and violence is culminated into this one act.  Everything falls apart after that and the scene which greets the men who rescue the boys is one of chaos.

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