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...the boys jumped and attacked him, drunk on the bloodlust, viciously ripping Simon’s body apart. Ralph finds himself in the position in which “he was eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society” (152). At this point, all of the boys were chanting their hunt song to the point that “There was a throb and stamp of a single organism” (152). “When Simon is killed, the circle of hunters led by Jack is manifestly the beast incarnate in mob violence: "the mouth of the new circle crunched and screamed ... There were no words and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws" (153). It was not until the rain pours down on them, that they snap out of their trance, but it is too late. Ralph is the only boy who owns up to the murder, showing that Ralph - still capable of destruction - is also capable of regret and knowing the seriousness of his action.
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