Lord of the Flies – Chapter 9 Questions

What reason does Ralph gives for the boys’ defection to Jack? The are hungry and need food. They want to be part of a group.
Where does Simon go after he leaves “the Lord of the Flies”? He goes to the body on the mountain.
Where does Simon go after that? What does he discover about the beast? He goes to tell the other boys that the beast is not real. The beast is a decaying body.
What kind of leader is Jack? He rules through terror and offering protection from the beast.
How does Jack propose to rule without the conch? He promises to provide food and fun.
Why do Ralph and Piggy decide to attend Jack’s feast? They want to keep some control over the events.
Why does Ralph remind Jack’s followers that they don’t have shelters? It begins to rain and they are scared of lightning.
What happens when Jack asks Ralph’s followers to join with him? Ralph’s followers join and Jack. Ralph and Jack get into an argument about who should be chief.
What tragic mistake is made in the frenzy and excitement of the hunting dance? They kill Simon.
Do you think the boys are aware of what they have done when they kill Simon? The boys think that they are killing the beast.
What seems to have been Simon’s function in the novel? Simon is a religious figure.
What happens to the figure on the mountain? It is blown into the ocean.
Why does the tide wash away the tragic mistake? It symbolizes the death of the human spirit.
How did Ralph organize his group? He organized his group by getting them to work together and focus on shelter and getting rescued.
How did Jack organize his group? He uses the beast to manipulate the others into becoming violent savages.
Was Simon interfering when he was killed or was he simply trying to save them from the REAL beast? He was trying to let everyone know that the beast did not exist.
What is the REAL beast? The savagery that exists inside all human beings.
What is the significance of the title of this chapter being “A View to a Death”? The death of the pig and the death of the pilot have been the views that will lead to Simon’s own death.

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