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What is Simon's role in the novel "Lord of the Flies"?

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´╗┐Discuss Golding's presentation of Simon. What is his role within the novel? Georgia Bron In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, Simon plays a very important part. He is constantly shown to be the Christ-like figure among the boys and he performs acts in the story that could be compared to acts from the bible. He is all goodness and proves this in good deeds, which are performed, at times, in the face of adversity from the other boys. Simon?s character changes the novel from an adventure story to a story that depicts a battle between good and evil. This theme is one that was influenced by Golding's own experiences of atrocities in World War II. When Simon is first introduced to the story he is marching in the choir. He makes a significant entrance when he faints as the choir arrives at the assembly platform. Jack, the leader of the choir, describes him as 'always throwing a faint'. He then carries on explaining the places the choir have sung in, where Simon has fainted; 'Gib, Addis and at Matins over the precentor'. Through the story Simon shows to have an illness because he faints or passes out several times, this could be epilepsy. Jack, in the novel tends to point this out to others, sees his faints as a weakness. When Simon wakes he looks at Ralph, then introduces himself. ...read more.

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This shows that Simon was scared of authority, and also that teachers and pupils may have bullied him for being quite strange, even though he was perfectly good. When the 'Lord of the Flies' is talking to Simon, the dialogue is like a schoolmaster is telling him off. 'You are a silly little boy just a silly ignorant little boy'. Then the 'Lord of the Flies' moves on and starts to tell Simon to go and play with the other boys, or they will think he is crazy. 'You'd better run off and play with the others'. 'You don't want Ralph to think you're batty, do you?' Then the 'Lord of the Flies' starts trying to scare Simon into thinking that no one on the island likes him. 'There isn't anyone to help you. Only me. And I'm the Beast'. Simon's reaction to this is to shout insults at the pig's head. 'Pig's head on a stick!' This is to show that Simon understands that this is all it is. Next the 'Lord of the Flies' starts to tell Simon that he can't kill it. 'Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!' At the climax of the argument, the 'Lord of the Flies', starts to get 'waxy' with Simon. The 'Lord of the Flies' keeps telling Simon that if he tries to escape, it will be there. ...read more.

Conclusion

Simon?s death was described as if he was becoming a part of nature. This is because he loved nature, and he proved with his special retreat. In his retreat, the butterflies represent his soul. These butterflies disappeared when the pig's head was put there. The flies from the smell of the rotting flesh, replaced the butterflies. Simon's passing to heaven can be compared to Christ's 'Ascension' to heaven. Golding's style makes Simon's end beautiful through his exceptional use of words and the English language. The sea takes Simon's body softly and merges it with the nature that he loved so much. To conclude, Simon is an important character to the novel because he is what every person should wish to be. The others bully him because they do not understand him and because he is different from them. The character Simon is perhaps, a role model for the rest of the world. It could really change a lot in the world, if people could at least try and be like Simon just as Christ wished that people could all live by his beliefs. However, in real life no matter how good people are, they have a certain amount of evil in them, but it is how they control this evil that is important. In the novel without Simon there is nothing to stop evil reigning supreme and anarchy taking control. This could be the message that Golding is conveying through the characterisation of Simon. ...read more.

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