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I’m Part of You – “LORD OF THE FLIES” – William Golding

February 12th, 2011 · No Comments · Humanism, Morality, Philosophy

After this occurs the most deeply symbolic incident in the book, the “interview” of Simon, an embryo mystic, with the head. The head seems to be saying, to Simon’s heightened perceptions, that “everything was a bad business… . The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life.” Simon fights with all his feeble power against the message of the head, against the “ancient, inescapable recognition,” the recognition of human capacities for evil and the superficial nature of human moral systems. It is the knowledge of the end of innocence, for which Ralph is to weep at the close of the book. “‘Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!’ said the head. For a moment or two the forest and all the other dimly appreciated places echoes with the parody of laughter. ‘You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?’

From the Preface of  my edition.

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