The Deaths of Simon and Piggy in The Lord of the Flies by Golding
Simon's death was not a complete accident. You could find excuses for
his death and explain it as an accident but there are key people who
began the process. The littluns who started the 'beast' or 'snake
thing' craze are the main cause; none of them would listen to reason,
now that they 'knew' that there was a beast on the island although the
biguns tried to convince them otherwise:
"â€¦There isn't a beast!"
Jack didn't help matters by saying:
"â€¦But if there was a snake we'd hunt and kill it. We're going to hunt
pigs to get meat for everybody. And we'll look for the snake tooâ€¦"
This confirmed for the children that even Jack, the largest of the
biguns, was starting to worry about a beast. This slowly creates a
feeling of general fear amongst all of the children. Jack works them
into a frenzy so strong that even Piggy joins in with Jacks dance:
"Piggy and Ralph â€¦ found themselves eager to take a place in this
demented but partly secure society".
The fear of the beast, created by both Jack and the littluns ensured
they armed themselves before they even saw the beast or Simon coming
out of the jungle:
"The hunters took their spears, the cooks took spits, and the rest
clubs of firewood." They started working themselves into a group
frenzy, dancing round the fire and chanting:
"Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!"
They were now in such a frenzy they made no effort to check whether
the 'beast' was human or not before they rushed in to the kill. They
all used clubs and sticks to kill Simon and no one can do that without
being close to the victim. As there was enough light to see Simon
coming out off the jungle from the beach they most certainly saw who
it was they were attacking:
"A thing was crawling out of the forest. It came darkly, uncertainlyâ€¦"
But even though it was too dark to see Simons face. They all heard
"â€¦Simon was crying out something about a dead man on a hill." And
beasts do not speak.
In defence of the children Simon was killed at night during a storm.
Visibility might have been too poor to see exactly what it was that
had just crawled out of the jungle. Earlier on Simon, in the middle of
a fit, had a serious nosebleed and hadn't wiped the dried blood off
his face. This certainly changed his face and probably made him look
less human. They must have seen this creature with a large dark area
on its face where its chin should have been. This mixed with a child's
imagination at night and the shadows could easily have made Simon look
like the beast had part of its face missing, an illusion.
"â€¦The blood was dry around his mouth and chinâ€¦"
Simon was also crawling, or stumbling when he arrived on the beach,
which made him look...