How Does Simon Stand Out In Lord Of The Flies

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In the book Lord of the Flies, Simon becomes noticeably different from the rest of the schoolboys on the island. Simon is a shy individual and doesn’t speak often. He, unlike the other boys, enjoys being alone and independent while on the island. Although he comes across as one of the younger boys, he is one of the more disciplined, caring and mature; he understands what has to be done in order for them to survive and to keep peace between them all. Simon is the only boy on the island who sticks up for Piggy in countless situations throughout the book making him stand out in a positive way. Throughout the book, Simon demonstrates a level of knowledge on survival. Simon knows that it’s going to take hard work and dedication to survive life on the island. He knows that they could be living on the island for a while; therefore they need long-term systems and resources. Rather than go out and play or go hunting, Simon stays back to build shelters with Ralph. Simon is the only boy who stands up and …show more content…

At one point in the book Simon brings up an interesting point regarding the beast. He begins to realize that there really isn’t a physical, “beast”. The thought comes to him, which leads him to believe that they are the beasts; the beast is inside of human beings. When Simon says, “What I mean is… maybe it’s only us.”(Golding, 158) He begins to see all the damage they have done to the island and begins to realize that overtime they will end up scarce resources. Simon is the only one who doesn’t become a complete savage. He doesn’t have any determination to destroy and kill animals, he just wants to survive and do it in a respectful manner. From the beginning of the book Simon seemed different from the rest, he has a distinct view on life and what needs to be done. Simon is the only boy to truly grasp that "the beast" is just all the negative, horrible aspects of

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