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Read the passage at the end of chapter 9 from “towards midnight the rain ceased” to the end. Contrast this description of Simon’s last journey out to sea, with that of his murder earlier in the chapter. What suggestions is Golding making ab

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English Lord of the Flies - Simon Read the passage at the end of chapter 9 from "towards midnight the rain ceased" to the end. Contrast this description of Simon's last journey out to sea, with that of his murder earlier in the chapter. What suggestions is Golding making about the role of Simon in the novel in your opinion? The essay to the question is split up into two sections - the contrast between Simon's last journey out to sea, with that of his murder, and Golding's suggestions about Simon as a character. Trouble begins to mount heavily upon the littluns and biguns and Ralph is more troubled than anything especially when Jack leaves to form a tribe of his own. Simon stays with Ralph. Later, Simon wanders off again and sees a pig's head skewered on a stick which becomes known as the Lord of the Flies. The supposed beast was in Simon's head which is why he could hear the Lord of the Flies speak. Simon falls and loses consciousness. A violent storm starts up and rages upon the island while Simon awakens from his faint and staggers towards the beach to tell of his ordeal to the boys. ...read more.


" Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!" A littlun breaks the ring of biguns, but is saved by Simon when he enters the ring himself unaware of what is taking place. The tribe are unaware that the so-called beast is Simon and so they advance on him and the animal attack begins. During the attack, we are told that the noise was "unendurable." There are also a number of verbs used - "poured down", "leapt"," screamed", "struck", "bit" and "tore." The length of the sentences shortens and this shows that the pace leading up is increased. Simon is first introduced to us when Ralph meets the choir in the first chapter when he faints. Golding describes Simon as a "skinny, vivid little boy" who has the innocent perceptions and feelings of the littluns but the knowledge of the biguns. He is also found to have the most positive outlook especially when he insists to Ralph multiple times that they will get rescued. "You'll get back all right. I think so anyway." Ralph murmurs to Simon that he's "batty" but yet Simon assures him that he'll "get back all right." ...read more.


He reinstates the power of nature as a result of the descriptive paragraphs. The place is also calm and the candle - buds give the image of a holy place and we know that the Simon is part of the choir and this is also why spiritualism and holiness can relate well to him. Golding describes Simon as being the type of character who keeps to himself but helps people when needed. Simon is seen as Christ like figure because of his need to help others and keep peace between the boys, as well as the premonitions he has that they will get home. Another idea that Golding has given to link Simon with having the Christ like figure, is that many people used to think Christ was a bit "batty" and Simon is described (by Piggy), as being "cracked." When Simon's body is carried out to see, Golding depicts him as being honoured and becoming a martyr because of his warmth and compassion to others like the littluns, Piggy and Ralph. The usage of verbs, metaphors and adjectives to give an idea of the character Simon is used to the greatest extent. English Prabhjit Kooner 11s English coursework 2 Prabhjit Kooner 11s ...read more.

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