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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 The character of Simon is featured heavily in the novel, but his personality is quite a mystery to the reader. This essay aims to explore and explain the importance and significance of Simon in the novel, and various viewpoints and connections with him and other characters. Firstly Simon's importance will be considered in relation to the plot of Lord of the Flies. Generally Simon is on the outskirts of the goings on in the novel, such as meetings or when the three boys climb the mountain to find the beast, but occasionally he speaks out, to the sound of much ridicule from the rest of the children. One such occurrence is on page 159 where, after much prompting he manages to say: ' "I think we ought to climb the mountain" ' then a few lines later he whispers: ' "What else is there to do?" '. These apparently irrational ideas are in fact those of a much more intelligent mind and in truth are not as unusual as the boys imply, but on the island he is generally regarded as weird. ...read more.

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In Chapter Seven, we find out that Simon cares for all, as a person even people who he thinks are 'bad' just like a prophet. Here, he helps out Jack with his wound, which even deepens our understanding of this care. He seems to have the quality of being a follower and in that way reassures Ralph about the problems on the island and thoughts about being rescued. Simon understands Ralph's state of mind and also understands the future (page 137). One of the most important points to note in this Chapter is to realise that Simon does not take part in 'The Game' where they pretend Robert is a pig and in doing so hurt him quite severely, showing his maturity and foresight. Simon is also often described as 'queer' 'batty' 'crackers' and 'funny', but the youth of the boys deprives them of the ability to express more clearly what they are implying. He is thought of as odd most simply because he is different. Simon is used to represent many images in the novel. The following few paragraphs should highlight most of these. ...read more.

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'. At the climax of the argument with the pig head, the 'Lord of the Flies', starts to get "waxy" with Simon. The 'Lord of the Flies' continually tells Simon that if he tries to escape, it (the Lord of the Flies) will be there. 'Simon's body freezes stiff with fright. "I'm warning you. I'm going to get waxy" '. Then to finish the argument, the 'Lord of the Flies' says: ' "Or else, we shall do you. See?" "Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph. Do you see?" ' After this Simon has what appears to be an epileptic fit and passes out of consciousness. This passage of dialogue between Simon and the 'Lord of the Flies', can be compared to Christ's agony in the garden of Gethsemane before the Crucifixion, and his words to Peter; "Simon, are you asleep... you should be awake, and praying not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" (The Jerusalem Bible, Mark 14:37-39). The author uses Simon to portray the fact that the Beast is imaginary and "Man's eternal illness". In this way Simon proves a very useful and confusing character. English essay Harry Tabner, 11GDT Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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The candidate here makes a fairly perceptive response to the relevance of Simon to the novel 'Lord of the Flies'. There is a good level of understanding about the character of Simon and how he interacts with the others, and ...

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The candidate here makes a fairly perceptive response to the relevance of Simon to the novel 'Lord of the Flies'. There is a good level of understanding about the character of Simon and how he interacts with the others, and the general consensus towards him as a person on the island. There is perhaps not enough appreciation of the symbolic importance of his character though. There is a moment when comparisons between Simon and Jesus Christ are drawn, but these are not exhaustive and appear to fail to really hit the nail on the head (more on this later). Elsewhere, the candidate makes a slightly repetitive notation of the ostracisation of Simon due to his apparent uniqueness, yet this is made as a general remark and the reasons for his uniqueness are never specified - this loses easy marks because it is the difference between Simon and the other boys that really defines his importance to the novel and the the island. I recommend a closer look at how Simon differs, and also a closer look at Golding's intentions for Simon - what statement is Golding trying to make with Simon? Why is Simon different? Who does Simon most appear to be like?

Level of analysis

The Level of Analysis is fair but it is not as specific as it could be. Most statements are general, such as "Firstly it appears that Golding is showing Simon to be a spiritual guide.", but then goes on to describe how he is a physical guide and a helpful person by reaching the juicier fruit out of the reach of the littl'uns. The analysis does not feel greatly cohesive, and often is too vague in it's comments about Simon's significance.

One major thing that is missing the analytical attention in requires is the comparison between Simon and Jesus. There are two moments (both well explained) where Jesus is mentioned, but pone of them appears to be slightly erroneous. Given that the 'Lord of the Flies' is English for the Hebrew name "Beelzebub", another name for the Devil, one would expect the religious connotation of the confrontation between the severed sow's head and Simon to be of Jesus' temptation in the desert, whereupon defeating the Devil's temptation and returning to Jerusalem, he is crucified, similar to the fate that lies for Simon when he returns from this nightmarish confrontation. This isn't to say the scene from the Garden of Gethsemane is completely incorrect, but there is a stronger biblical parallel available to the candidate. They will be awarded marks simply for taking the taken to fortify their answer with such elaborate contextual reference though, so there typically would be very little difference in marks awarded between these interpretation of this scene.

Overall ,the essay is fair in it's analysis, though more detail is required in some parts, and others require more cohesion and attention, as some parts of the analysis are left open and slightly unexplored.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication is very good. The candidate demonstrates excellent abilities to be able to use complex English Language skills as a means of conveying their analysis. Their is an inviting range of sentence structures, helping the answer feels interesting and engaging throughout, and there are no cause for concern with regard to spelling, punctuation, and grammar.


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