What is the importance of Simon in The Lord of the Flies? Essay
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First. The importance of the part Simon plays in the plot
Second. How Simon is different from the other boys
Third. What Simon might represent
Fourth. The ways the writer uses Simon to convey his ideas
Simon is a very important character in the story because he represents the good in all people and he is not touched by evil at all.
The first mention that we get of Simon is at the beginning when he is in Jack’s choir and faints from the heat.
From here we realise that Simon is different to the others in that he sees the good in things for example, at the end of the first chapter Simon sees the beauty of flowers that look like candles, “Here they paused and examined the bushes around them curiously. Simon spoke first. ‘Like candles. Candle bushes. Candle buds.'”, this could suggest that Simon is very spiritual. Furthermore in the third chapter he is the only one to stay with Ralph and build the shelters, all the other boys just go and play in the sand or the sea.
Simon also represents good in the story because he is always helping the other boys and has no evil or violent actions during the life of his character, one example of this is that he helps the littleuns to get fruit “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach”, this is a truly altruistic action and helps the reader paint a mental picture of how saintly Simon is, this notion is helped by the fact that Simon has fainting fits, this could be down to epilepsy but many saints have been known to have similar fits.
Simon is also the only innocent boy of the island, “his eyes so bright they had deceived Ralph into thinking him delightfully gay”, and this furthers the thought of Simon being an altruistic boy; the other boys have no concern for the others such as when Jack exclaims that “‘I ought to be chief'”, these words show that Jack is only thinking for himself exclaims that “‘I ought to be chief'”, these words show that Jack is only thinking for himself.
Moreover, Simon is the only boy who understands the island and this helps him because he is not afraid of the dark, forest, rain, thunder or the beast because they are not things to be worried about, this shows how Simon is different to the other boys, he is different in that he is more learned than the others and is also more spiritual in that he takes in the beauty of the island. Simon finds it hard to speak in assemblies as he is nervous and the other boys laugh at him “‘Simon felt a perilous necessity to speak, but to speak in an assembly was a terrible thing to him'”, the actions of Simon in this case show his weakness in public, other ways in which Simon is different to the others is that when the fire is out he cries, and this is because he can feel the sadness and pain of Ralph, “Simon turned away, smearing the water from his cheeks”. This shows his compassion for the other boys and his need to do good.
In the story Simon is the representation of all the good in the world since he is selfless and helps the other boys such as Piggy, on page 78 Simon gives Piggy his meat “Simon, sitting between the twins and Piggy, shoved his piece of meat over the rocks to Piggy, who grabbed it.”. This representation is a good one but it does not create much tension in the story as nothing very bad happens when he is around, this shows he has a voice of reason to deter the others from doing something very stupid, this is a good quality of Simon but if he were like the other boys than the island would have very quickly descended into a lawless, monotheistic, degenerate mess that would ultimately be cleared up by the imminent if not dubious rescue by the steely hand of a large military frigate most likely ferrying arms to whoever pays the most.
Also, Simon has the ability to sense when one of his fits is coming on this is a good thing because he can then move himself away from anything dangerous. When Simon is confronted with The Lord of The Flies he has a vision which makes sense of the beast and of the island, “‘you knew didn’t you? I’m a part of you?'” says The Lord of The Flies, these words are a revelation that the beast is not a real thing but is the boy’s own fear and evil that is driving their bloodthirsty, loveless regime that will devour the island in a spontaneous ball of hatred and flames.
The ways that Simon is conveyed are that he is full of life and that he is quite small but he has great spirit and he knows how to survive. I think that Golding uses Simon to show that he thinks that the human race has many evil people and many who can succumb to evil easily but there are some who are untouched by evil and need not be tempted by the wiles of evil and jealousy.
I think that Simon is an integral part of the story and is the only boy who is totally pure of spirit and mind. He is also a very special boy whose death will cause a cataclysmic turn of events resulting in the destruction of everyone and everything on the island.