Lord of the Flies

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Personal Hell

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[Simon] sighed. Other people could stand up and speak to an assembly, apparently, without that dreadful feeling of the pressure of personality; could say what they would as though they were speaking to only one person. He stepped aside and looked back. Ralph was coming along, holding his spear over his shoulder. Diffidently, Simon allowed his pace to slacken until he was walking side by side with Ralph and looking up at him through the coarse black hair that now fell to his eyes. Ralph glanced sideways, smiled constrainedly as though he had forgotten that Simon had made a fool of himself, then looked away again at nothing. For a moment or two Simon was happy to be accepted and then he ceased to think about himself. When he bashed into a tree Ralph looked sideways impatiently and Robert sniggered. Simon reeled and a white spot on his forehead turned red and trickled. Ralph dismissed Simon and returned to his personal hell. They would reach the castle some time; and the chief would have to go forward.

What is meant by "personal hell" in the quotation below?

A

It describes the agony Simon feels because of his inability to express his ideas and understanding in assemblies due to his shyness.

B

It refers to the sympathy Ralph feels for Simon, who seems fragile both physically and mentally and always appears to be getting hurt.

C

It means that Simon is torn up inside by his belief that the beast is only a reflection of the darker side of their nature; he's nothing more than one of them.

D

It shows the anxiety of being chief; Ralph wants the group to work together and be rescued but does not relish the danger and attention as Jack does.

E

It refers to the terror all the boys feel about having to confront this mysterious and terrible beast without the support or reassurance of any adults.