Chapter 9 1. Do you think Simon’s brutal murder is a sign that civilization and order have been completely destroyed? Explain. 2. Will it be possible for Ralph and his few followers to combat the savagery that has taken over? Why or why not? 3. Choose an image of decay from this chapter and describe it. Might this image of decay have a deeper meaning? 4. What message is William Golding trying to send about human nature?