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The effectiveness of the death of Simon At the beginning of the chapter, Simon realizes that the boys have mistaken the parachutist for the deadly beast that has plunged their entire group into chaos. Adding to his Christ like figure, he frees the parachutist from the rocks, and then, anxious to prove to the group that the beast is not real after all, Simon staggers down the mountain toward the distant light of the fire at Jack's feast to tell the other boys what he has seen. Golding uses the weather throughout the chapter to show the build up of tension on the island and then a release of all the built up tension. He opens the chapter with a sinister description of the odd weather on the island, with the "brassy glare" of the sky where "colours drained" and "nothing prospered". During the climax and the killing of Simon, the weather stimulates the confused frenzy as a streak of lightning is described as a "blue white scar" above the boys and the "dark sky shattered". ...read more.


The pace grows more and more frantic and the thunderstorm above rises in fury as the littluns "blundered" and were "fleeing" in their terror. Simon suddenly appears from the forest "darkly" and breaks through their circle as the crowd become a horseshoe. In their wild state, however, the boys do not recognize him, shouting that he is the beast, and Golding uses a lot of sound again with "shrill", "screaming" and "crunched". Golding dehumanizes Simon as firstly a "thing", then the "beast" and then "it" to show him described through the boys' eyes - he is not Simon anymore. He has lost his identity and his humanity. Upon entering coming out of the forest he is very dazed and Golding uses words like "staggering", "stumbling" and "crawling" to convey that to the mob of boys he looked and was, "the beast". Golding uses words to describe the boys as if they were wild and savage animals with the "tearing of teeth and claws." ...read more.


The atmosphere is serene and calm as the "air was moist, cool and clear" and "even the water was still"; and the horror of his death is intensified by this silence. Golding also uses language associated with small things as a contrast to how big an impact Simon's death has made on the downward spiral of the boys' behaviour. The water washes "little pebbles" and "sand grains". Simon's death symbolises the loss of truth and innocence, as he never got the chance to tell the boys what he had seen. Although it is an accident as they are caught up in their frenzy, his death conveys the degeneration of the boys' once civilised behaviour. For example, earlier on in the novel they would have controlled their fear by talking and being in the shelters - now they resort to the savage dance and chant, and therefore things that can save them - Simon, the conch, the fire and later Piggy are rejected as the boys conform to their primitive instincts. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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Here, the question is askin candidates to analyse the effect of the death of Simon in William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'. The candidate, in order to achieve top marks, must realise the themeatic gravity of the character's death, as ...

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Here, the question is askin candidates to analyse the effect of the death of Simon in William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'. The candidate, in order to achieve top marks, must realise the themeatic gravity of the character's death, as well as how it reverberates through the rest of the novel, as well as any foreshadowing. There must also be an appreciation of what the death shows about the other characters. In their answer, this candidate covers all of this and more, with a sensitive awareness to how to answer the question in a well-structured, well-informed method.

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The Level of Analysis is excellent. As well as commenting on how Golding manipulates weather in order to foreshadow the event of Simon's death such as the searing heat of the island, where "colours drained" (the link to how the vagueness of colour represents a loss of contact with reality/sanity and that after that, like an animal, everything is black and white could be more explicit), there is an astute comprehension of what the death of Simon means for the remaining characters in the novel. Their appreciation of how "Simon’s death symbolises the loss of truth and innocence" is well-expressed with a clear understanding that it means the boys have finally "conform[ed] to their primitive instincts".
As well as noting the larger, symbolic nature of the death of Simon, their is evidence of recognition of how Golding manipulates language and also how the event of Simon's death affects the story line and surprises the reader, quoting consistently from the source text to show a critical understanding of how to shape a good analysis. The crushing inevitability of the character's death is also commenting on, and how, had the boys not been aroused by the games into just how vicious they could be, they might have reacted differently to Simon's presence after emerging from the forest.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication is excellent too. There are very few errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar made and the candidate has a clear ability to use language well to express their views.

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