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Importance in the novel Lord of the flies

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Xavier H Keenan 148 Simon, his character and his Importance in the novel Simon isn't as important as Ralph or Jack, or even Piggy, until quite late on in the book. However, he is chosen among many other keen boys to go on to the quest to explore if it is an island. This is because he fainted in the heat, and drew attention to himself. Even though he is in the choir, He is not like the rest of them, not such a `savage' like Jack or Roger. Even though he is in the choir, and should be hunter, he belongs on Ralph's side. We can tell this, because Simon sticks up for Piggy when Jack has a go at him, "we used his specs. ...read more.


We can see this, because Simon decides to be alone and so he obviously enjoys solitude. Simon doesn't seem to be scared of the island, because he explores individually into the deep jungle. Another example is when he comes back from the jungle in the dark, "I wanted to go to a place I know. A place in the jungle." Also when he volunteers to go back in the dark on his own through the forest to help Piggy look after the littluns and to tell him that the rest will be back after dark. "I'll go if you like. I don't mind, honestly". This exploring in the woods and everything makes him seem at home with the jungle. ...read more.


I think so anyway." Simon also seems to act as if he is the only sane one. He is the only one who seems to think rationally. He is someone who recognises the fact that there can't be a huge living creature that lives in the sea, has wings and huge claws that Sam and Eric can outrun. Simon is also very generous and compassionate. For example when Piggy hasn't any food, Simon gives his share of meat to Piggy. `.... Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage....' Here, Simon is again selflessly generous. Here, it seems that Simon is like Jesus when his disciples surround him. Also when Simon was murdered, he didn't deserve it. This also shows another representation of Jesus. Simon generally tries to keep the boys out of trouble, but like Jesus he died painfully and innocently. ...read more.

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