Can someone paraphrase the truth that Simon shares with the group in Lord of the Flies Chapter 5?
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As the boys argue and fret about an external beast, it is only Simon that has the insight to claim that the only "beast" on the island lies in their own hearts. It is only humanity that holds evil rather than any outside force imposing it, "Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us." Of course none of the other boys have the emotional sophistication to grasp such a concept.