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Simon in the Lord of the Flies


Simon belongs to the choir, but is the only one who seems weak. Simon is presented in the unique when he faints; this is a program of his weakness. He is a lot like piggy, but not as bullied.

Ralph thinks he is ‘queer’ and ‘funny’ because he is sensible.

Simon is the very first boy to notice the candle bud flowers when they are out strolling. Simon constantly sees the spiritual side of the island. The only location you see candles nowadays remains in churches. Jack slashes at the candle buds with his knife maintaining his track record as the anarchist.

The creepers on the island are long vines. The children see these climbers as “beasties”. When the little child comes forward during a meeting, he describes a ‘snake-thing’, then changes his mind to a ‘beastie’. The young boy constructs the ‘beastie to be wicked’. The beastie the boy has seen is not a physical beast it is a monster inside the kid’s head. The most scary thing is darkness and the unidentified. The unknown makes the human imagination go wild and ask all the concerns it can, “What’s out there?” “Is it a substantial big snake” “Is it coming to get me in the night?”

The snake-like thing the ‘little-un’ explains is symbolic of the serpent in the story of Adam and Eve. In Genesis, in the Bible, the snake is depicted as the devil and acts against god’s wishes; it offers Eve the fruit from the tree of understanding, unknowing of the consequences, Eve accepts the fruit. She uses the fruit to her partner, Adam. They both eat the fruit and become aware of their state of undress. When God came strolling in the garden he found that Adam and Eve had hidden their genitalia under fig leaves. God eradicated Adam and Eve from Eden. The snake, the devil, had won.

Simon is the one who is assisting to construct the huts on the beach. He thinks the shelters will safeguard from the ‘beastie’. This is for the advantage of the remainder of the group, not self-centered like Jack and his crazed hunt for pigs. Simon is a bit of a loner; he has his own cove in the jungle, which he keeps secret from everyone else. This location has ‘more sunshine’ than the rest of the jungle and is embellished with flower arrangements. The jungle suddenly becomes an attractive sanctuary from the outside anger of the island. However Simon is not leaving the outside force he is merely ranging from himself, the Simon that exists with the other kids.

When he is inside his unique sanctuary he drops secured. There is the look of the candle bud flowers once again, and paired with the safety and sanctuary of the cove it nearly develops into a church. When the tight canopy of climbers covers Simon, the light in the cove increases. The passage describes of how the evil in this part of the jungle vanishes, ‘Darkness put out’. Simon is the light in the darkness of the island; he is the only voice of religion amongst the mayhem of evil.

Golding is revealing Simon to be a spiritual guide in the book. When he is strolling through the jungle towards his cavern, he comes across some kids, “little-uns”. They are trying to reach some fruit located just beyond their grasp in a tree. Simon obligingly selects the ‘best’ fruit from the foliage and passes it pull back to the ‘endless outstretched hands’. This scene can be likened to an event in the bible, which is where Jesus Christ feeds five thousand people with a few loaves of bread and some fish. Simon is the saviour for these kids; they had been trying for hours to reach the juiciest fruit from the tree and Simon has got it for them with really little ease.

Simon’s description by Golding reveals he has a mop of hair, which is black in colour. This is like that of Jesus Christ, once again reviving the association with a spiritual nature.

Like Piggy Simon is clear-sighted, he knows what is best, but unlike Piggy he advises on the religious significances of the island. He is the first kid in the celebration to discover the change that has actually happened on the island. He sees that, the island they once took for an Eden, has actually under gone a metamorphosis into a place of evil. When Jack talks of how the ‘little-uns’ scream in their sleep, frightened of the ‘beastie’ Simon is the very first to acknowledge “As if the beastie was genuine” and “As if it wasn’t a great island.” Simon is still blaming the evil experience on an outside force, he, like the whole group still stop working to see the evil is within or “The darkness within”. Jack likewise senses the evil on the island, he compares it to a physical existence when he goes searching, “… you can feel as if you’re not searching, but-being hunted: as if something’s behind you …”

The kids on the island have difficulty finishing their sentences; this is because they are frightened and embarrassed of their circumstance. The young boys themselves discover it challenging to comprehend the emotions they are feeling and whether these feelings ought to be listened to. The circumstance is like that of the Jews in Egypt from the Old Testament in the Bible. When the wicked Egyptian servant masters ruled them, they were not enjoying themselves however they had some sort of order. When Moses freed them, they were happy at the marvels of liberty, however quickly were minimized to a rabble of immoral ‘wrong-doers’.

The kids have been ruled by grown-ups all their lives and when they find themselves on the Island, they are happy, however when things get tough and brand-new sensations arise, bad things take place. Thankfully for the Jews Moses existed to save them, he went to God and received the Ten Commandments that brought order back to his individuals. Perhaps something similar will happen in this novel. Simon might save the kids, or he may be symbolising Moses and some other, yet unidentified force, is God.

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