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Compare and contrast the presentation of Jack and Simon in chapter three of the 'Lord of the Flies'.

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Compare and contrast the presentation of Jack and Simon in chapter three of the 'Lord of the Flies'. In the Lord of the Flies, William Golding makes many contrasts between his symbolic characters. For example in chapter three, 'Huts on the beach', many contrasts and similarities are made between the two characters Jack and Simon. These descriptions give an idea to their personality and feelings. The description of Simon in the jungle, and Jack in the woods highlights many of their differences. Jack is alone and descriptions like, 'with flared nostrils', and 'ape- like' suggest he is behaving like an animal. Jack's appearance is also starting to resemble animals, as his hair has grown, 'longer', and his skin darker with, 'a mess of dark freckles'. Simon's appearance is described similarly to jacks. He has ' a coarse mop of black hair,' which was 'long' Simon on bare feet, like jack and he has dark skin and only wears, 'the remains of shorts'. ...read more.

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Their green sepals drew back a little and the white tips of the flowers rose delicately to meet the open air', is used. This clearly shows an unusual ability Simon has, and resembles a Jesus figure, the descriptions, in contrast to the wood Jack is in, seem surreal, and tranquil. Jack in the wood is set with, 'a sharpened stick about five feet long', reflecting a threatening, tense atmosphere. Simon is with the littuns and he is shown to be generous and caring, as he, 'found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled of the choicest'. This is an example of the effort Simon took to be caring for others. This is also shown by Simon's willingness to help with the building of the huts, when all the others ran away, leaving the responsibility to Ralph. This shows he is considerate to others. ...read more.

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Simon is quiet, but it is evident that he has much wisdom, and says well thought through comments. An example of this is when Jack and Ralph are speaking, and Simon abruptly joins in their conversation by saying, 'as if it was not a good island'. This is meant in a way to try and make Jack and Ralph consider the point. Then he goes on to say, 'as if the beastie, the beastie or the snake- thing was real'. Simon unlike Ralph and Jack, does not find the beastie a threat, and does not seem scared or frightened about it. Jack and Ralph both like having the role as leader, and have a want for power over the lives of the group. Jack says to Ralph, ''you're chief. You tell 'em off', in a harsh tone, showing he is jealous about Ralph being leader. Simon, unlike Jack and Ralph shows no desire to be leader. This reinforces the idea that Simon could be compared to Jesus figure. ...read more.

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