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The Character of Simon in Lord of the Flies

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´╗┐Explore the ways a minor character is presented in Lord of The Flies Golding creates all his character to help him portray his idea of human nature and the character of Simon is no exception to this. Although a minor character he is still crucial in William Goldings? story of ?Lord of The Flies?. Simon is used to represent the truth to human nature and to act as extrasensory character into human natures raw state and some even say the character Simon portrays many characteristics similar to those demonstrated by Jesus Christ. Simon first appears in the first chapter as the ?choir boy who had fainted? and Golding has presented him like this to illustrate to the reader that Simon is very different from the other boys in the novel. He has a physical frailty, which allows the reader to understand from the offset that Simon is not going to be able to go along with the other boys in the activities, so already the reader gets a sense that Simon is quite a solitary character, which is something that becomes clearer later on. ...read more.

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This is extremely similar to the way that Golding presents Simon throughout ?Lord of Flies?. Golding wrote Lord of the Flies because he wanted to explain to the world that to him humans are not influenced by bad nature but are bad naturally. He is trying to explain in this book that everyone has something dark inside them and that darkness is all the bad parts to humans including fear, anger and violence. In Lord of the Flies, the beast begins as a product of the boys? imaginations and this is where Simon becomes very insightful into who the beast is he is the only one to ?think the beast isn?t real? and just a figment of their imagination. It is after this is the point where the reader starts to get an insight into the beast, via Simon, who insists that the beast is ?only us.? This is an interesting comment, since the beast is literally ?only us:? it?s a person that fell from the sky. In fact, when the twins list off the horrible attributes of the creature they saw, they reveal that it has both ?teeth? and ?eyes.? However we all ...read more.

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Simon is also described as being a very mysterious boy, for much of the novel he is unknown to the reader. The Reader does not always understand who Simon is as a character and he does not interact with very many people. He is described after some time as "a skinny, vivid little boy, with straight hair that hung down, black and course". By having hair that is long and flowing over his face Golding is symbolising mystery and secrecy. By using the cliché of black he knows that the reader will involuntarily assume that Simon is an incredibly solitary character as black is commonly associated with solidarity and mystery. As is obvious Simon is portrayed as a Christ figure in The Lord of the Flies. First, Simon is generous and kind. Second, he is mysterious. And finally, his death parallels Christ's death. With the many similarities between Simon and Jesus Christ drawn from the novel, one can reasonably say that in some way or another Simon is represented as Christ in The Lord of the Flies to aid Golding in his aim to show the true nature of humans and man. ...read more.

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