Who killed Simon?

In Lord of the Flies, all of the boys on the island kill Simon together. Even Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric play a role in Simon's brutal murder and savagely maim him on the beach along with the other boys.

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In chapter 9, Simon discovers that the beast is only the corpse of a dead paratrooper and travels down the mountain to inform the boys of his discovery. As Simon is hiking down the mountain to deliver his important message, tensions arise when Ralph and Jack begin to argue over...

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In chapter 9, Simon discovers that the beast is only the corpse of a dead paratrooper and travels down the mountain to inform the boys of his discovery. As Simon is hiking down the mountain to deliver his important message, tensions arise when Ralph and Jack begin to argue over the position of chief and the power of the conch. The sky also begins to turn black as a tropical storm threatens to hit the island. When it begins to rain, Jack leads his hunters in a ritual dance on the beach, and the boys begin to work themselves into a frenzy. Although Ralph and Piggy do not identify with Jack and his hunters, they seek protection from the storm and join the group of dancing boys.

As the storm intensifies and the ritual dance becomes more frenzied, Simon suddenly appears from the forest. Tragically, the boys mistake him for the beast and form a circle around him. The boys proceed to brutally beat, hit, tear, bite, and stab Simon, who is defenseless in the middle of the circle. After the boys murder Simon, his lifeless body is gently carried out to sea by the tide.

In the following chapter, Ralph acknowledges that they killed Simon, and Piggy attempts to suppress the difficult memory. Piggy blames their actions on fear and tries to distance himself from the murder. Even Samneric lie about their participation in Simon's murder but cannot deny the fact that they played a role in his death. Ultimately, each boy on the island participated in Simon's brutal killing.

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