Simon awakens, his nose bleeding, and aware of an impending storm. He begins to soldier towards the mountain and the signal fire where Jack, Roger, and Ralph swore to have seen the beast. Clumsily climbing, Simon hits the peak and sees the parachutist.
He immediately realises that this mistaken sight has caused so much pain and chaos and he determines himself to inform the groups that there is no beast at all. Returning, he shambles to the light of Jack’s feast.
Ralph and Piggy join the feast in order to reaffirm their presence. They find Jack, the chief, enjoying his position as king well, with servant boys doing all he asks. It begins to rain and Ralph questions Jack on how he’ll protect his tribe from the conditions, only for Jack to have his followers perform their hunting dance. A frenzy ensues and emotions are elevated.
Simon emerges from the flora but the dancing savages do not recognise him and only see the beast. They make chase, violently trying to kill him, whilst Simon shouts and screams, attempting to explain all that he has seen. However, in his retreat, he trips and falls onto the beach, where the group fall on him and kill him, brutally.
The storm shows its presence and the waves erupt, dragging Simon’s body into the ocean. The parachutist, from the wind, falls off the mountain and onto the beach, which causes the boys to flee in terror.
Lord Of The Flies
First published in 1954, William Golding’s debut novel, now a classic, is a stark story of survival, probing the depths of human nature, and what happens when civilisation collapses. As dystopian stories like The Hunger Games and Battle Royale surge in popularity, this haunting tale of a group of young boys stranded on a desert island still captivates schoolchildren around the world, raising timeless and profound questions about how easily society can slip into chaos and savagery when rules and order have been abandoned.