• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What is the Function of Simon in the Novel Lord of the Flies.

Extracts from this document...


What is the Function of Simon in the Novel? In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' William Golding, the author, does not go into great detail in describing every boy who is stranded on the island. He only chooses a selected few. He uses them to portray a theme. Simon is probably the most difficult boy on the island to understand, as he acts very differently to the other boys. Simon rarely speaks, though when he does speak it is very meaningful. Golding makes Simon stand out from the rest of the boys from when he faints on the beach. " Bill, Robert, Harold, Henry; the choir boy who had fainted sat up against a palm trunk, smiled pallidly at Ralph and said that his name was Simon. " When Golding is giving us the choirboys' names he expands on Simon, reminding us of his faint and emphasizing it. Simon often goes into the jungle on his own to observe his surroundings and to be in peace and on his own, which is different from the other boys as they all usually stay together. ...read more.


On the top of the mountain, in chapter four, when Piggy tries to find his glasses, after Jack hit him, Simon helps Piggy get his glasses, standing up for Piggy in a sense. " Simon, sitting between the twins and Piggy, wiped his mouth and shoved his piece of meat over the rocks to Piggy, who grabbed it. " Against Jacks authority Simon provides Piggy with the meat, which he was given, therefore putting Piggy before him. Simon is probably the most generous, kind and considerate boy on the island and puts the will of others before his own. Simon is very much in touch with nature and his surroundings on the island. When Simon goes off on his own in the jungle Golding often describes the beautiful surroundings around him. In chapter nine, in the last paragraph, Golding talks about the planets and the stars, all very heavenly things, when describing Simon's dead body. Small bright creatures surround his body by the waters edge. ...read more.


This builds upon the idea that the beast is within the boys. It is implying that within everyone there is innate sinfulness. Simon's function is therefore to show us the connection between evil on the island and the real world. Simon's character comes to an end in chapter nine, when the other boys ritually murder him. He acts like a sacrificial lamb. The boys think that there is a beast on the island, which is a threat to them and needs to be dealt with. So when they kill Simon they are dealing with their fears, as they think they have killed the beast. After Simon is killed Ralph is very shameful of his actions, and the issue of the beast is forgotten. Therefore Simon was sacrificed for the beast. Simon's role is almost 'Jesus-like', as his own people sacrifice him, for the there good will. My conclusion is that Simon's function on the island is to show the innate evil that the boys have within them and the devastation, which it can cause. His character implies that the spiritual world, which he was in touch with, goes beyond that of the suffering of mankind. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Explore the importance of the character Simon in "Lord of the Flies".

    But then we view another side of Simon, which proclaims that he felt shy to reveal his thoughts to the rest of the group in an assembly, just as other would do so freely and easily, as the pressure of personality and the feeling of speaking to a whole group of people sent butterflies in his stomach.

  2. Study the character of Simon from the novel Lord of the Flies.

    The beast stands for the primitive instincts of savagery that exists within all of us. As the boys become more savage, their belief in the beast becomes stronger. At the end of the novel, they have begun to see it as a form of god-like figure to be placated with sacrifices.

  1. The role of Simon in the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding.

    Simon also confronts Jack in acts of courage to help Piggy. One of these times is when Simon goes to Jack after Jack has taken Piggy's specs, and he takes them off Jack and returns them to Piggy. He then defends Piggy, when Jack is trying to convict Piggy of not helping to start the fire.

  2. Discovery in the jungle

    As Ralph walked, Jack was deciding what next to do. As he saw Ralph walking up to him, he suddenly saw the object in his hand. Overwhelmed with excitement, Jack ran towards Ralph and quickly stopped Ralph. "It's a gun!"

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work