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Simon's Role in "The Lord of the Flies".

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Simon's role in "Lord of the Flies" becomes more significant as the book progresses. From the beginning of the book, we know he is considered one of the weaker members of the choir because of his fainting fits, which Jack thinks that Simon puts on. "He's throwing a faint again." Then we find out that he needs he own place to escape from everyone around him. Simon is the most sensitive of all the boys. He recognises the things around him, whereas the rest of the boys are either more practical like Piggy or Ralph or just plain insensitive such as Jack or Roger. "Candle buds" 'Green candles' said Jack contemptuously, 'we can't eat them come on.' As the novel advances, we learn more and more about Simon. He looks out for the weaker ones in the group, helping the littl'uns get fruit from the trees. This is one of the first things that Simon does that depicts a Christ-like action, when he helps the littluns get fruit, "Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach." ...read more.

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In chapter five, the boys begin to discuss the existence of a beast on the island. When asked what he thought about it, Simon replied with "what I mean is... maybe it's only us." The idea that the evil was not something to be feared in the jungle, but to be feared within themselves was not received well by the rest of the boys. "Simon's effort fell about him in ruins, the laughter beat him cruelly and he shrank away defenceless to his seat". Many of the prophecies revealed by Jesus were also disregarded and not accepted by everyone. This depicts that both Simon and Jesus were misunderstood by the people around them. In chapter, eight we learn that Simon is epileptic. Golding never says this but when he describes Simon fitting, we can link the text with epilepsy; "Licking his dry lips." "A pulse began to beat upon his head." ...read more.

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to the water, the light reflects off the water and gives the feeling of holiness, and the way he floated with his arms stretched out like he was on the cross as Jesus was. "Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simons dead body moved out towards the open sea." One of the last parallels between Simon and Jesus is shown after Simon's death. While his body laid on the beach "the strange attendant creatures with their fiery eyes and trailing vapours, busied themselves round his head". This can be linked with the hallow that Jesus was said to have had after his death. So, through the story Simon is displayed as a person with divine ties. He is a reminder that Christ is everywhere. The many instances that Simon gains the courage to speak show how smart and intelligent he really is. Simon like Christ was never evil and always helped others out with what he could. ...read more.

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