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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding
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Who is "the Lord of the Flies" in the novel of the same title, and what important information does the Lord of Flies give Simon?

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When Simon slips away from the others in "Lord of the Flies," he reaches his secret area, but from the bushes he espies a pig's head, swarming with flies.  In his delirium from a seizure, Simon "hears" the head speak to him.  "It assures him that everything was a bad business."  The "Lord of the Flies," or Beelzebub tells Simon,

Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill?....You knew, didn't you?  I'm part of you.  Close, close, close!  I'm the reason things are no go?  Why things are the way they are?

The beast tries to convince Simon to go along with him, but Simon resists and loses consciousness.  Later, when Simon tries to communicate his realization that the beast is the evil within the boys, the savagery, he becomes inarticulate.  Simon, the intuitive, cannot communicate with the rational in the form of Ralph and Piggy or the physical in the form of Jack and Roger and the other hunters.

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