Lord of the Flies Persuasive Letter Essay

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Dear Ralph,
This is Jack Merridew. It has been many years since we last saw each other, and so much has happened since then. I’m sure you’re a very different person now, as am I. I am not that same boy you knew, fifteen years can really change a person. Ten years ago, you sent me a letter blaming me for Simon and Piggy’s deaths, and everything else that happened on the island. I didn’t respond back then because I was in the Seminary and was trying to worship god and put all that happened on the island behind me. I’m writing you this letter now because I am about to become a priest and I feel that I need to clear things up as a last act before I start my new life. This way I can start out with a clean slate.

In your letter you blamed me for what happened on that night of the big feast, what happened to Simon I mean, and I must tell you that it was not my fault. Even though it happened fifteen years ago, I can still remember it like it happened yesterday. It was a terrible dark and rainy night and we were all dancing about like a bunch of crazed savages, chanting our pig-slaughtering chant, even you were. As we started getting caught up in the chant I saw a shadowy figure crawling out of the forest. I thought it was the beast, I really did, everyone else thought so too. Everyone, even you. I know we all saw him at the same time because I was not the only one who shouted out that he was the beast, you thought he was too, you and Piggy and Sam and Eric and everyone else, we all thought he was the beast. It wasn’t me who said “let’s kill him”, it wasn’t only my idea, it was a mutual idea that everyone took part in. We were all to blame, not just me. And how was I supposed to know that the “real beast” was only a dead parachutist? For all any of us knew, the beast could have been a terrible vicious wild animal that would have devoured us all....
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