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What qualities of character does Simon possess and how does Golding control our feelings of what he does and how he is treated?

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Lord of the Flies - Fahid Ali Div O What qualities of character does Simon possess and how does Golding control our feelings of what he does and how he is treated? Simon is a young boy who is one of the main characters that the book Lord of the Flies revolves around. During the first few chapters of the book we do not really see the character and his appearance in scene though as the book goes on we start to learn more about him. We should realise that on this island that these schoolboys are stranded on, he is neither, as they say, a 'biggun' or a 'littlun' but between them, meaning Simon is of middle age compared to the rest. This is an important fact, which we should take into consideration when understanding Simon and his role in the Lord of the Flies. The first time that this fact of his age plays a role is at the end of Chapter One. ...read more.

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Piggy answers back my stating that people like Simon did not help in the killing. Jack ignores him and instead, Simon being of the caring and thoughtful kind shares his part of the meat with Piggy. Jack becomes angry here and in anger passes some more meat to Simon. It says, 'Simon, sitting between the twins and Piggy, wiped his mouth and shoved his piece of meat over the rocks to Piggy, who grabbed it.' Also, 'Then Jack leapt to his feet, slashed off a great hunk of meat and flung it down to Simon's feet. "Eat! Damn you!"' (Page 92). In Chapter Six, Simon has a vision of the beast as a human being heroic and sick. This is completely different to the ideas of the rest of the group on the island. He thinks logically and uses his initiative, which I think is the one of the key things with his 'prophet' idea that separates him from the group (page 128). Simon is a mature and sensible person. ...read more.

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We learn that Simon has a sense of compassion and releases it from the lines that hold it. On page 188 its says 'do him in' this proves the prophecy from before. It is a paradox. During page 190 the idea of the fact that Simon is a like a prophet is revealed to us. Simon's body is transfigurated just like what happens to some prophets in the Bible. It says, 'The water rose further and dressed Simon's coarse hair with brightness. The line of his cheek silvered and the turn of his shoulder became sculptured marble.' Golding controls our feelings of what he does and how he is treated by the way he describes him and the sort of language he uses to do so. Golding describes him always with a sense of good in him and has never described him for doing anything wrong or evil. By doing this we always have the picture of Simon in our mind as a good person compared to the likes of Jack. Golding uses the language that would describe Simon as a prophet. He makes us feel from the actions of Simon that he is a loving, caring, sensible and thoughtful person willing to help all. ...read more.

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