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Lord of the Flies - Explore how Golding uses the character Simon to bring out the novels themes.

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English Coursework Lord of the Flies 1 - Explore how Golding uses the character Simon to bring out the novels themes. There are various themes and ideas throughout the story and Golding uses Simon to bring out all the religious imagery and ideas in the novel, except for the last chapter. Piggy is the person who brings out the political themes in the novel, these themes are democracy vs. dictatorship. With Ralph representing the democracy side of things and jack running a dictatorship, this could also be interpreted as Good vs. Evil. We know Simon brings out all the Religious imagery and this is added to by the fact he is the only character in the story to have a name from the bible. To look at Simon is a skinny, vivid little boy and he had short, coarse black hair, but in one of the versions of the films we watched Simon was given fair hair to give an even bigger hint that he is good. Throughout the story there are two main outsiders and these are Piggy and Simon and they often fall victim to the others calling them "batty". Piggy, it seems, was bound to be an outsider from birth. ...read more.

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And of course Ralph does get home and Simon gets murdered. Also in the scene when Simon has had one of his fits and then goes up to the pigs head on a stick, it talks to him in his own mind. It confirms to him that the beast is just the ability inside everyone to go bad, just as he had thought and also it predicts that everyone else who is down on the beach having a feast is going to kill him. It say's to him:- "Or else we shall do you" and "This is ridiculous, you know perfectly well you'll only meet me down there, so don't try to escape", the saying "meet me down there" is referring to hell. So he's predicted his own death to himself. This later comes true when he goes down the hillside and gets attacked by the mob. In this scene the pigs head on stick is referred to as "The Lord of the Flies", this is another name for the devil, as is Beelzebub and Satan and they're all used in the novel at some stage. This is linked to the novel's title, "The Lord of the Flies" or "Devil". When Simon regains consciousness he climbs up the mountain to face the beast, knowing that there is no such thing, when he gets up there he finds the dead pilot sat up on the rock. ...read more.

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And then shortly after Jack charges at Ralph and stabs him in the side with his spear, again this is like when Jesus was stabbed in the side whilst on the cross. Also Ralph begins to make some Simon-like predictions, he says to Piggy "You'll get hurt", this is also ironic because Piggy later dies. We get another prediction about Piggys death from the sea, it reads "pressing himself to it above the sucking sea", this is saying the sea has already reclaimed Simon and it will soon get Piggy. "He came to the smashed acres of fruit and ate greedily" this is symbolic of the Garden of Eden being destroyed and evil is taking over. Ralph then finds the same pigs head on a stick that Simon was looking at when his death was predicted, now the head had rotten down to just the white skull. Ralph stood and stared it straight in the face and it was like a mirror image of himself, Ralph then struck the skull to the floor and smashed it with a stick. The pigs head was initially a gift to the beast from the tribe and it symbolised death on the island, Ralph was scared of it because it gave him the feeling that he was going to be next. ...read more.

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