Who is mistaken as the beast and killed by the group in Lord of the Flies?

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It is Simon who both discovers the true identity of the beast and is mistaken for the beast in Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies. After Simon awakes from a long sleep, he decides to trek up the mountain to confront the beast. He is the first one of the boys to determine its true identity: a dead paratrooper who has become entangled in his chutes. The head of the man is covered in flies, like the head of the pig. After freeing the body from the lines, Simon returns to tell the boys the truth about the beast. But the boys are celebrating, dancing in a tribal circle and chanting "Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!" Simon appears during a lightning storm at the height of the dance, and the boys mistake him for the beast itself, and they beat him to death on the beach.

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