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In what ways is Simon important in 'Lord of the Flies'?

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In what ways is Simon important in 'Lord of the Flies'? Plan � Introduction - General story line of book - Who is Simon? - What is he like? � What does he do? - Events in the book - What do these say about him? - How do these affect others? - What does he/his actions represent/symbolise? � What happens to him? - What do the others think of him? - How does he interact with different characters? - Why is his death like it is? - How does his death affect the others? � Conclusion - Sum up the answer to the question - Reasons - Relate back In what ways is Simon important in 'Lord of the Flies'? The Lord of the Flies is a book written by William Golding published in 1954. It deals with the possibility of a group of evacuated boys crash landing on a desert island and observes how they struggle to not only stay alive but to get rescued and most centrally live together. There are many boys on this island hence the large number of characters, Simon is one of these. He is generally a quiet and spiritual boy with a love of nature and can often be found helping younger characters and aiding the development of the island. ...read more.

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It is also interesting to note that Golding uses Simon symbolically on a number of occasions. He can be regarded as a prophet - even a saint or Christ figure - due to actions such as his decent from the mountain to tell the others about the true nature of the beastie. He finds the group have degenerated into savages and eventually kill him. This is could be seen as a parallel with Moses and his receiving of the 10 commandments, when he then returned to the bottom of the mountain where he had been given them he found his followers had begun to worship false idols. Another parallel with the bible is the fact that the Christ like figure of Simon is killed and this saves Ralph from a death that he comes close to. Similar to the way in which Christ is thought to have died to save the world from sin. As the story progresses Simon's position on the island is threatened by events such as his regular epileptic fits and his disconnection with the group when he goes to his 'secret place'. In the story we see the two main tribes of Ralph and Jack, good and evil, it is interesting that he dies before these two groups have fully cut away from each other and he is not forced to decide upon the one he wishes to join. ...read more.

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It also used to express this guilt however, the following morning little is said about his death although the atmosphere is sombre, the feeling is felt by the reader that the boys are in disbelief at what they have done and it is also interesting that it is at this time that the two tribes are fully established and the divide between Ralph & Jack and good & evil becomes much more clear cut. In conclusion I feel there are many times during the book where actions or events brought on by Simon effect not only the characters but the entire book. He is often a voice of reason when all others are in terror of the beastie, he can be spiritual as well as acting intelligently in certain situations and can often be found 'helping the cause'. Simon is important to the story as he is a way in which the degeneration of the boys can be conveyed when they kill him and is used as a way to show to the boys themselves that they are becoming savages. Simon has a pivotal role and could be seen as the middle man between the Ralph and Jack's tribe, he never commits to either one and always seems to strive to simply focus on being rescued and leave differences in hunting, signal fires or meetings behind them. ...read more.

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