Why does Simon go to his bower in "Lord of the Flies"?

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Simon is looking for truth throughout the novel. However, with all the bickering and power plays between Ralph, Jack and Piggy, he really cannot concentrate. He wants to know the truth about the beast and he needs a quiet place in which to concentrate. In his bower he can see the world in a poetic, almost surreal fashion. Unclouded by civilization and the bickering that surrounds it, he can enter a place on the island where, physically and mentally, none of the others can go. This characterizes Simon as insightful, introspective, and understanding. His vision of the island, and the events that occur, is different. Therefore, he can see the beast for what it is, part of human nature.

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