In "Lord of the Flies," why does Simon have a need for solitude and go into the jungle?

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Simon is the thinker and the mystic.  He is intuitive.  Also he is the one who has spells of some sort in which he seems to become only semi-conscious.  It is during one of his spells that the pig's head, the Lord of the Flies, speaks to him and tells him what he's suspected all along - the evil on the island isn't a beast from land, sea, or air, but it lies within each of them and it is coming out of the boys as they lose their civility.  It is necessary for his character to wander off to be alone so that he can contemplate their situation.  Since he is a boy who has these spells and he is a thinker, it is logical that he's accustomed to being alone (other boys would have probably found him freakish, even when they were still in civilization).   In ch. 4, the boys have let the fire go out on the mountain thus missing a chance for rescue and they return from the hunt with a pig.  Ralph is furious because a ship passed by the island and could have seen a signal fire.  Jack is elated that he's killed a pig. Simon looks from Ralph to Jack and he becomes afraid.  He sees that they are losing their civility and he sees that Jack is winning the battle for leadership.  It is shortly after this that he goes off by himself.

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