In class on Thursday 10y/En2 read the end of this chapter with its momentous events of the killing of the pig, the offering of its head on a stick “sharpened at both ends”, and then the remarkable scene in which Simon encounters the ‘Lord of the Flies.’
It is, I hope you agree, a remarkable episode in many ways. I would like you to use the comments section of this post to discuss your interpretation of this scene. Perhaps the most basic question to start with is, what do you think we are supposed to believe is actually happening in this episode, in which ‘The Lord of the Flies’ apparently talks to Simon? It may help to imagine what one of the other boys would see and hear if they arrived at the clearing just after Simon, and watched what happens when Simon sees the pig’s head on the stick.
(If you want a feel for how I would like this online discussion to proceed, take a look at these posts and student comments from a few years ago, on a different novel.)