Symbolism in Lord of the Flies

Chelsey Johnson

The Hanging Tree’ James Newton Howard ft. Jennifer Lawrence (Audio)

Simones Death

"You've noticed, haven't you?"

Jack put down his spear and squatted.

"Noticed what?"

"Well. They're frightened."

He rolled over and peered into Jack's fierce, dirty face.

"I mean the way things are. They dream. You can hear 'em. Have you been awake at night?" Jack shook his head.

"They talk and scream. The littluns. Even some of the others. As if—"

"As if it wasn't a good island."

Astonished at the interruption, they looked up at Simon's serious face.

"As if," said Simon, "the beastie, the beastie or the snake-thing, was real. Remember?" Jack goes off to hunt again and meanwhile, back at the lagoon, Ralph, Simon and Piggy are swimming along with a boy named Maurice.
  • Simon isn’t doing too well. He’s been sitting in his little “cave” for what we can only guess is a really, really long time. His tongue is swollen, and he’s hallucinating that he’s having a conversation with the impaled pig’s head, the “Lord of the Flies.”
  • The Lord of the Flies says frightening things to Simon about the fact that he is alone and that there’s no one to help him. “Only me,” the pig’s head says. “And I’m the Beast.”
  • The Lord of the Flies then asks Simon, “Didn’t you know I’m part of you?” It threatens that the others will “do” him.
  • Simon feels that “one of his times is coming on” and that he’s falling into a “vast mouth.” He is consumed by blackness, and he loses consciousness.
  • Simon has a bloody nose while unconscious.
  • When he wakes, The Lord of the Flies is still hanging on his stick “like a black ball.”
  • With dried blood covering his mouth and chin, Simon staggers out of his hiding place and begins making his way up the mountain, still intending to face the beast.
  • When he gets to the top, he sees that the beast that everyone has been so afraid of is actually just a dead body attached to a parachute, the lines tangled in the rocks.
  • Simon pukes up everything and then frees the parachute lines from the rocks.
  • He looks down at the fire on the beach and realizes he must tell the others that the “beast,” although horrible, is harmless.
  • He staggers downward, almost collapsing with each step.
  • Down at the party, the boys have worked themselves into a wild frenzy. This is right about the moment when Simon staggers into the center, crying out something about a “dead man on a hill.”
  • Pouncing on Simon, the boys scream, strike, bite, tear, and generally destroy him. Simon is dead.
  • Rain pours down and the boys straggle away, leaving the pitiful heap that is Simon lying in the dirt, his blood “staining the sand.”
  • Eventually the rain ceases, and as the water rises under the moon, “Simon’s dead body [moves] out toward the open sea.”
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Lord Of The Flies - Simon's death - Short Clip