Lord of the Flies: Simon as a Christ Figure
The character of Simon in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies has often been viewed as the Christ figure of the novel. If you were to take a look at the actions of both Simon and Jesus, you would discover a variety of occurrences that parallel each other. One of the very first things that Simon does that illustrates a Christ-like action, is discovered in chapter 3 when he helps the littluns get fruit, “Simon found for them the fruit they might not reach” (Golding 56). During his lifetime, Jesus frequently helped the hungry, one example being when he turned 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish into enough food for thousands of people.
Later on in the chapter Simon discovers himself in the wilderness. While there, Simon was calm and delighted in the solitude of his surroundings; “He came at last to a place where more sunlight fell” (Golding 56). Right after Jesus’ Baptism God talked to him and “the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God decending like a dove, and lighting upon him” (Matthew 3:16). The light that Simon experienced can likewise be viewed as God speaking to him, which can assist to describe why Simon seems so peaceful in the wilderness.
In chapter 5, the boys begin to talk about the presence of a monster on the island. When asked what he thought about it, Simon replied with “what I indicate is … maybe it’s just us” (Golding 89). The concept that the evil was not something to be feared in the jungle, however to be feared within themselves was not gotten well by the rest of the kids. “Simon’s effort fell about him in ruins, the laughter beat him cruelly and he diminished away unprotected to his seat” (Golding 89). Much of the prophecies exposed by Jesus were also overlooked and not accepted by everyone.
This portrays that both Simon and Jesus were misconstrued by the individuals around them. Simon’s encounter with the Lord of the Flies in chapter nine can be seen as a parallel to Jesus’ fight with Satan in the desert. Simon and Jesus were both challenged by evil but overcame it. Although, the Lord of the Flies would expose to Simon that it is the wicked within the kids, “You understood, didn’t you? I belong to you?” (Golding 143). From this, he reaches an epiphany and later on leaves to tell the other young boys. While going back to inform the boys, Simon is hit in the side by a spear.
Jesus was likewise stabbed in the side prior to his crucifixion. The deaths of Simon and Jesus likewise had many things in typical. Both were killed by members of their neighborhood, and were persecuted for the sins and evil of others. The events that directly followed the deaths of Simon and Jesus are very much comparable also. According to the Bible, when Jesus was being maltreated “there was darkness over the entire land” (Mark 15:33) and as soon as he died the earth shook. When Simon died “the clouds opened and pull down the rain like a waterfall” (Golding 153).
Among the last parallels in between Simon and Jesus is revealed after Simon’s death. While his body laid on the beach “the unusual attendant creatures with their intense eyes and tracking vapors, busied themselves round his head” (Golding 154). This event can be connected to Jesus’ crown of thorns being put on his head. Throughout the novel, Lord of the Flies, Golding illustrates Simon as the only young boy on the island holding an excellent soul. A number of the actions and occasions that Simon goes through likewise contain a very strong link to the actions of Christ.