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What Role does Simon play in the novel Lord of the Flies?

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Introduction

What Role does Simon play in the novel Lord of the Flies? 'The Lord of the Flies'. A journey into the exploration of the imagination, civilization and even the dark side, in which all humans experience. Guided through the story from a child's perception turns a savage and murderous tale of isolation and division within an ethnic, social and class microcosm into an innocent youthful cry-out of how war on the outside adult world can, so easily create amongst a group of school boys. The boys from the beginning out-cast Simon, the mystic boy who is the only one who has the courage to indentify the beast sighted on the mountain. However, his thoughtful ways and symbolic characteristics prevent him from portraying what he discovers as well as the perfected actions that would have resolved the savagery destined to be created. ...read more.

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Because of the frequent fainting episodes and hallucinations experienced by Simon, he was discarded from the main group and therefore not taken seriously from the beginning of the novel. Irony is created as he was the only character able to detach from the idealistic world they were living in and concentrate more on the realistic situation they were pursuing. After witnessing the death of the sow, the gift made of her head to the beast, Simon begins to hallucinate and the sow's head becomes the Lord of the Flies. This educates Simon on what he has already suspected that the beast is not an animal on the loose but is hidden in each boy's mind. After discovering the beast as the parachutist's body, Simon heads to the beach fire to give everyone the news. ...read more.

Conclusion

Golding describes the murder scene with, "There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws." This highlights the savage ways the boys now live and the weapons of their own human ways, rather than materialistic spears that can be made. Simon's death is the result of how he embraced his fate in order to bring the "good news of salvation" to the rest of the boys. He can be seen as 'martyr to the truth'. The immediate cause of his death is the hysteria of the storm and the dance the tribal boys perform, however the message he attempted to bring is that there is nothing to fear but themselves. That by confronting themselves, the boy will therefore overcome the beast within. Simon must die for having the courage to bring it to sight for the boys to survive. ?? ?? ?? ?? MAISIE FLIGHT ENGLISH H/W 27/01/09 ...read more.

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