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What is the importance of Simon in Lord of the flies

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What is the importance of Simon in Lord of the Flies? Write about * the importance of the part Simon plays in the plot * how Simon is different from the other boys * what Simon might represent * the ways the writer user Simon to convey his ideas Simon appears only in very few occasions, when compared with other main characters such as Ralph, Piggy and Jack. All those incidents are very significant to the plot. In the first chapter, Simon is introduced as a boy who is weak and "is always throwing a faint." As the chapter progresses Golding moves on to describe Simon by his physical appearance- "a skinny, vivid boy, with a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and coarse." Simon plays a very important role when Jack is introduced. Jack's harshness and choir's attitudes towards Jack are well revealed at this point- "Wearily obedient, the choir huddled into line and stood there swaying in the sun...Then one of the boys flopped on his face in the sand..." Simon is presented as the peacemaker. When Jack passes remarks on Piggy, (saying that he didn't do anything), Simon resolves the conflict saying "We used his specs, he helped that way." ...read more.

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This virtually leaves Ralph and Piggy alone (well depicted in chapter 10 when Ralph says "Piggy? Are you the only one left?") while giving the other boys the freedom to turn themselves into complete savages and kill Piggy and Ralph as well if the fate allowed them to do so. Therefore I believe that Simon is very important to the plot. Simon is a very different character. Golding says in chapter 1 "Simon had to do a double shuffle to catch up with the others." This alone is a good evidence to suggest that he's different from the others. Throughout the novel Simon goes to a secret/hiding place where "he knelt down and the arrow of sun fell on him." This might mean that he is praying and therefore suggests that he is religiously sensitive. Very significantly there is no reference in this novel to any other boy being religious or praying. Very often Christ analogy is associated with Simon. He "found for them the fruits that they could not reach...and passed back down to the endless outstretched hands" which is very similar to Jesus feeding the five thousand people. When Jack smacked Piggy's head, his glasses flew off. Then "Simon got there first, found them for him..." ...read more.

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People could still wear posh clothes, talk in the same way and be savages mentally and behave like them. Evil is within every human (well illustrated in the conversation that Simon has with the Lord of the Flies "You're not wanted... We are going to have fun on this island! So don't try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else...or else we shall do you. See? Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph. Do you. See? ") And also people do have good qualities in them. The level of controlling one's evil side depends on each and every individual. This is the fundamental truth of this novel and it's revealed to the readers through Simon. Golding uses Simon in so many ways to convey his message as previously described. His thoughts, words and actions all are used by Golding intentionally to convey his message to the readers. Very significantly Simon faints after he has some spiritual experience, for example, after the conversation with the Lord of the Flies "he fell down and lost his consciousness." This illustrates that even Simon comes to a point where he can't handle the stress any longer where he faints despite his deep understanding of the real world. The truth is bitter and it's hard to accept- the very reason why others call Simon "batty." ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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