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The characterof Simon appears different from the other boys in many ways. What effect doesthis give, and why has Golding used such a character for a contribution to thenovel as a whole? Use a study of character to justify your response, andclosely ...

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The character of Simon appears different from the other boys in many ways. What effect does this give, and why has Golding used such a character for a contribution to the novel as a whole? Use a study of character to justify your response, and closely analyze one passage describing Simon. The novel 'Lord of the Flies', written in the early 1950's is an allegorical, adventure story; a castaway story about the loss of innocence. Within this novel William Golding presents many ideas and themes on levels which require a depth of consideration, but which can also be interpreted in different ways by all. The main theme Golding puts forward is the idea the book is based around. The island is a microcosm of the world, and so the behaviour in which the boys partake represents that of society. Therefore, the degeneration of civilization which occurs, shows that society holds everyone together, without the restraints and rules of society, man loses sense of right and wrong, and anarchy and savagery can come to light. The beast within will slowly but surely reveal itself, when there is nothing to hold it back, leading to a return to primal states, ultimately resulting in afore said savagery. ...read more.

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It is quite ironic that something sent to kill, saved lives. The idea of Simon sending salvation from the heavens is quite supernatural, and therefore could be considered to have religious connotations. Although Simon appeared to be wise in many ways his death did not bring salvation to the island. It continued to get worse, and reach an ultimate contemptible state. His death plunged the island deeper into savagery and moral guilt. Simon dies before he has a chance to spread the truth he discovered of the beast - being a fallen parachutist. Jesus, in contrast, was killed whilst spreading his moral philosophy. Also, Simon's death ultimately becomes a very dignified and peaceful one, whereas Jesus was crucified, in front of crowds with two wrong doers, one of which being a robber. Therefore, I believe that although the novel's parallels with the Bible do enhance the moral themes of the novel, which are key, it is not a huge justification for Simon's relevance to the novel. The main quality of Simon, I feel, was his understanding and great knowledge of truth for a boy of such a young age. His deep passion for nature is almost as primal as Jack's savage evil. ...read more.

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'Somewhere over the darkened curve of the world the sun and moon were pulling; and the film of water on the earth was held, bulging slightly on one side while the solid core turned'. The description of the planets in such a way imply that this is Simon's destiny, but also detail of Simon opening out into the universe in such a way shows the insignificance of the world, and us as individuals. The world is in complete darkness, which is such a contrast to what is happening on the island. If you saw the image of Simon, now, looking down, from a birds eye view, he would look like an angel, in heaven with a halo. The passage ends with 'Simon's dead body moved out towards the open sea.' This is a very final sentence, none could follow this. It shows his definite ingress into heaven, but also shows that he will go on, as his body continues to drift out to sea. In conclusion, I think Simon's contribution to the book gives it its meaning. Without Simon there would be no recognition of the central theme, and therefore the book would not work on as many levels as is possible now. Subsequently it would not be accessible to such a variety of readers and would not work as a successful novel, with such depth and meaning. ...read more.

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