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Response To Prose: The Character and Role of Simon.

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Zaki Rafiq-Khatana 10Ai Response To Prose: The Character and Role of Simon At the beginning of the novel Simon is described by Golding as a "skinny, vivid little boy" with "black, coarse hair". He is a member of the choir. The first time the boys are all together, Simon faints giving us the impression that he is physically weak. He is later chosen by Ralph to go with him on an expedition of the island. Because he is so "vivid", he is chosen by Ralph and he also has something about him, which attracts attention which may be a reason for Ralph choosing him out of all of the boys there. However, it is Golding's presentation of Simon's death and it's aftermath, which leaves a lasting impression on the reader. Simon's death is very different in contrast to his last journey out to sea. Golding makes the climax of the scene using the words. During his death there is a lot of noise involved. Everyone is chanting: "Kill the beast, cut it's throat, spill it's blood!" Golding repeatedly includes this line in the passage. He also repeats words and phrases such as, "blue-white scar", "screaming", which all show noise and activeness and also make the scene very tense. ...read more.

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He often goes to his den, which may possibly be because of his epilepsy. He might know when he is about to have a seizure, or fit, so he goes well away where he can be alone when it happens. He may also go to his den possibly to think about events taking place at that moment in time and how to put them right. By chapter five, the issue of the 'beastie' has become a major issue, which is continuously being discussed by individuals and as a group. In this chapter, it is evident that Simon is the only one who really understands what the beast is, but finds it hard to express himself. "...maybe it's only us." This also shows how difficult he found it to show his view of the 'beast'. Members of the group often laugh him at because of his comments, "...the laughter beat him cruelly." Because he can't express himself, he can't reason or explain with the others. "Simon became inarticulate in his effort to explain mankind's essential illness." These words are an important point Simon is trying to get across, but is unsuccessful, yet again, in the process. He is comparing evil to having a disease everyone has, but can't get rid of. He is trying to suggest that maybe, this is all the 'beast' is. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jack and Ralph are very practical so do not regard the plant as something useful because they "can't eat them" and "couldn't light them". Simon, however, sees it for what it is; nature, which should be appreciated. The most serious and mysterious of Simon's experiences is at the end of chapter eight: his encounter with the Lord of the Flies. Simon escapes to his den where he discovers a pig's head on a stick, fresh from Jack and his tribe's hunting event. He has a seizure during which he hallucinates. In his hallucination, he has a conversation with the pig's head, which is now referred to as the Lord of the Flies. Simon is the only one who really understands what the beast is and so Golding highlights it here. "You knew it, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go." The beast is a part of them. It is not something external, but something inside everyone. Human nature is divided into two parts: good and evil. The Lord of the Flies represents the evil side of nature. Simon has been used by Golding to convey this message to the reader, like prophets spread the message from God. Simon has not put a foot wrong in this novel, unlike everyone else on the island, so was the one who would have been most likely to be the 'chosen one' by Golding. ...read more.

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