In Lord of the Flies, why is the description of Piggy's death so bloody and ugly, compared to Simon's??

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Simon's death is so peaceful considering how savage the boys were when they attacked him.  He slowly floated out with his arms out to the side (as in a cross-like figure) and was surrounded by sparkling little lights of some sort.  It was angelic because of what he symbolized. (Christ symbol)

Piggy fell forty feet on his back across that square red rock in the sea. His head opened and stuff came out and turned red.

Piggy, on the other hand, symbolized the common sense and intelligence of the isand. When he falls and dies, that is exactly what is lost on the island. At the same time, the conch shatters (the symbol of unity and power and democracy). This scene is gory because that is how far the boys have come.  There is no common sense or goals left on the island.  All that's left is "hunting and breaking things up."

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