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What do Simons and Piggys Death reveal about the novel LOTF

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What does Simons and Piggy's Death reveal about the novel? In the novel Lord of the Flies (L.O.F) two tragic murders happen, the one of Simon and the one of Piggy. Both deaths happened in their own ways, but the main similarities between both deaths were brutality and savagery. Simons' death was brutal, almost un-controllable. His death was slow and painful. Piggy's death was disgusting and sudden. Simon was perceived as a very quiet boy, keeping himself to himself and staying in the comforts of nature. Piggy on the other hand was a little more lively, verging of the end of annoying but he was also very intellectual, and thought things through carefully. "I've been thinking" ... "said Ralph sourly" From the first of the two quotes we can automatically see that Piggy thinks things through, if he had just blurted out what he wanted to say it would show that he had not put a lot of thought into what he was going to say but he said "I've been thinking" which shows that he was put some deep effort into thinking. When we look at the second quote "said Ralph sourly" we can see that Ralph is annoyed at Piggy and is almost scorning him for coming up with ideas that he did not think important. ...read more.


"Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!" This short chant by the boys tells us a lot, it shows us that the boys are very wild, following after Jack and they are not very aware of what they are saying, this shows us a group mentality where nothing is controllable and where there is or will be total chaos. Simon's death was brutal and was plain murder. However after the boys realised what had happened they could not explain or confront what had happened. This shows us how Simon was appreciated during life and during death as well because the boys did not just forget about what had happened and move on, rather they were trying to explain to them selves what had happened but trying to persuade themselves that it did not happen. "You were outside ... what we- what they did", "'We left early' said piggy quickly". These two quotes show it all, the boys were at horror about what just happened, frightened that they would be found out by the others but knew that they had had some role in the killing of Simon. They knew as we can from the first quote that they took part of the murder, but they try and persuade themselves that they played no role in the murder to try and prevent themselves from the agony of realization of what just happened. ...read more.


This shows a big difference between Piggy's and Simons death, Simons death caused the boys to try and explain what had happened, showing that they cared about Simon, whereas with Piggy no one tried to explain to themselves what had happened showing that Piggy was not valued and was generally disliked by the other boys. "See, see, that's what I meant ... I'm chief". What this short phrase shows us is that there was a sudden moment of shock where Jack tells everyone that he will do evil and he will kill anyone who questions his authority, but after he says this, everything goes back to normal and Piggy is given a second thought by anyone showing their hatred toward him even during death. What we can see from Piggy's and Simon's death is that when there are no rules, there is chaos, when there is fear there is panic and when there is hatred there is death. Golding is trying to express the island as a microcosm of the world, and showing us that however young or old we are, however kind or cruel people are, evil exists within all. Golding is also trying to show us that people are easily led by a strong leader (Jack) and they will go to any lengths to follow them. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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