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Quote #7

"Life […] is scientific, that's what it is. In a year or two when the world is over they'll be traveling to Mars and back. I know there isn't no beast—not with claws and all that I mean—but I know there isn't no fear either."

[…]

"Unless we get frightened of people." (5.99, 104)

There's nothing to be afraid of, says Piggy—unless we start to fear other people. Trust rational, scientific Piggy to understand.

Quote #8

“Maybe […] there is a beast

[…]

What I mean is… maybe it's only us.” (5.183-195)

Simon and Piggy come to equal-but-opposite conclusions. Piggy has a kind of rational, external, empirical attitude—we're afraid of each other. Simon has a more spiritual insight: it's not each other we need to be afraid of, but ourselves. Subtle? Sure. But it's an important difference.

Quote #9

"It was furry. There was something moving behind its head—wings. The beast moved too—"

"That was awful. It kind of sat up—"

[…]

"There were eyes—"

"Teeth—"

"Claws—"

"We ran as fast as we could—" (6.67-75)

Samneric do see something; they see the dead parachuter. But their fear makes them see something totally different from what actually exists—like turning a pile of clothes in your closet into a monster.

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