Show MoreLook closely at the beginning and end of chapter nine. What is the importance of the character of Simon here and in the rest of the novel? Lord of the Flies, written in 1954 by William Golding, is a symbolic microcosm of the world Golding knew and participated in. The island and the boys represent Golding’s view of the world and humankind in general. It is an examination of the definition of society, man’s inclination for evil and destruction and the inevitable result of anarchy and chaos. It is an exploration of the break down of society in the absence of rules and regulations. Indeed Golding himself defines the text as ‘an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature.’ It shows an insight into…show more content…
Furthermore, Simon is the only character who questions the idea of evil on the island, refuting the existence of the ‘beast’ and who finally confronts the representation of evil in the form of the pig’s head. At the start of A View To A Death, chapter 9, the omniscient authorial voice presents us with a description of the environment, with the
‘building up of clouds’ and the ‘brassy glare’ of the surroundings.
The images are oppressive and the colours drained suggesting an absence of life and a sombre mood throughout the island. Golding uses pathetic fallacy and the setting is personified as a presence alongside the boys.
We find Simon unconscious, lying next to the pig’s head. He represents his determination to find out the truth about the nature of the beast by still being intent on climbing the mountain. At the top of the mountain, Simon discovers the dead parachutist and realises that the beast is just a fabrication of the boys’ imagination and does not exist. The parachutist moves as if it is praying, which is a clear religious symbol and Simon metaphorically sets his soul free by releasing the parachutist. This allows the parachutist to die in a dignified manner and is an obvious spiritual act. This contrasts unmistakably with the other boys on the island, showing that they lack the one quality than Simon personifies: compassion. This is
Character Essay of Simon - Lord of the Flies
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The appearance of Simon in the novel The Lord of the Flies is of great significance and is substantial for the development of the story because he made lots of points in the story. First of all, it is important to state that he sent simple, yet deep messages throughout the novel, with morals behind them. Religiously speaking, Simon can be identified as the Christ-figure in the story. Simon also had a very specific role in the novel in being the character in contact with nature. Simon's significance in the story is obvious, and one way to deduce this is by identifying his messages.
Throughout the story, Simon gave a variety of advice that did not seem important at the moment, but turned out to be substantial as time went by. Simon…show more content…
Beelzebub also tempted Simon and gave him a forecast of what would happen. Like Jesus, Simon knows he has to die to allow the tribe to subsist. The facts that everybody was guilty, and that no one did anything to bring him back to life link him to Christ in a greater proportion. After Simon's death, the tribe started to believe in him, especially Ralph, noticing Simon was right and he tried to tell them the truth about the Beast remembering that it was inside all of them; similar to what occurred with Jesus and his apostles. An even more compelling similarity between Jesus and Simon is that "Jesus then leads three of his disciples to a very high mountain, where he undergoes the Transfiguration from Jesus to the Christ figure, the true Son of God. He then comes down from the mountain and begins his priestly ministry" (Racicot). Like Jesus, Simon goes out to the woods and meditates, coming back with more clear answers and perspective of things. On one occasion, Simon went up to the mountain and talked with the Lord of the Flies, having a similar situation to the one Jesus had when he was in the desert meditating. Simon's relation to religion is evident, and his role was even clearer.
Simon had a specific mission in the novel: the opportunity to talk to the beast and receive answers, very similar to revelations. His role was to help the boys notice what the Beast really was, and not