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What is the importance of Simon?

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What is the importance of Simon in Lord of the Flies? Plan: - Simon is physically weak but emotionally strong - Simon is kind and sympathetic - Represents the super ego - Symbolises a holy figure - His death represents chaos and manifestation of the beast - Outsider The Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel, written in 1954, which sets out to reveal "mankind's essential illness", an innate evil that exists in all of human beings. Furthermore, the writer William Golding uses an island as a microcosm to present how people, particularly young school boys are perched between civilisation and savagery. Moreover, Golding uses the book to express the evil in which he witnessed during the Second World War. As shown in the book, the absence of "teachers", "parents" and the "law", breakdowns the laws of civilisation and taboos, enabling the boys to give in to their innate desires. ...read more.

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Golding conveys Simon to be one of the only sensitive boys' on the island who cares about people and nature. Thus, Simon acts altruistically. In the novel, Simon represents a holy and altruistic figure. One can infer this as he spends a large proportion of his time in the forest alone. For example, in the forest Golding describes "candle buds" and "white light", which represents purity about him. Many people feel that Simon represent a Jesus - Christ figure in that he is holy and cares about spirituality. When he dies he is surrounded by "bright creatures" and he lies beneath "constellations". The main importance of Simon is that he is the one that discovers the beasts' true identity. At first Simon realises that the beast "is a human at once heroic and sick", he touches on the idea that human's contain an innate evil which causes them to commit terrible actions. ...read more.

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Simon can be viewed as the super ego on the island as even though all boys' are perched between civilising instincts and savagery, he is the closest to good. Simon refrains from hunting and spent most of his time alone in the forest. Simon contrasts the evil of the Lord of the Flies as the pig's head is surrounded with flies whereas with Simon "the flies let him alone". Moreover, it shows that Simon is a good character and even though he has the potential to do evil, he chooses not to. In conclusion, Simon is a significant character in the book as he acts altruistically towards people. Moreover, as Simon is mentally strong and cares about others he is seen by his peers as physically weak and "batty". Golding chooses to use Simon to represent the super ego in society who refrains from sex and violence. Moreover, it is Simon who discovers the true identity of the beast, and his death shows the manifestation of open savagery. ...read more.

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