What is the importance of Simon in Lord of the Flies?

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Russell Marett

What is the importance of Simon in Lord of the Flies?

     Using the reason that the purpose of Lord of the Flies is to help us understand why humans fight wars we see that he shows what can happen when bullies such as Jack and Roger, showing that it people like Simon suffer, just like the Jews in WWII.  Simon is also used to show how dreadful Jack is with his bullying of the others, especially with Piggy.  Simon is also used to show the others the way out of the bullying and fighting and shows that in conflict in the real world we usually ignore people like Simon.  Throughout this book Simon has acted sensible and didn’t believe in the beast and when he realises that the airman isn’t a beast the others kill him just like mankind crucified Christ.

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     Simon is very different from the other boys; his name is the only one that comes from the bible and this is portrayed throughout the story from acting as a Christ-like figure.  Simon is loyal and stands by Ralph and Piggy to the very end, he always tries to encourage them to stay on and to fight Jack to keep control of the group even when Ralph wants to give up being chief.   Simon is never horrible to anyone, he is always kind and nice to the others and helps the littluns, and he also helps Ralph ...

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