Simon is a character who doesn't say much, but when he does speak, it is to reveal some sort of truth and his words are sometimes prophetic. Often times, Simon is at a loss for words or has a lack of confidence when he wants to speak to a large group of his peers: "Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential illness" (89). In this line, Simon is trying to say that the beast is something dark within the boys themselves, which is "mankind's essential illness", or evil nature. He is the
Through vivid imagery in chapter 9, Golding paints a scene that uses Simon's death to patently resemble the crucifixion of Christ. The boys on the island are now in dire need of a Christ like character to guide them. To be a “Christ figure” a character must attain and exemplify the traits and values possessed by the Biblical Christ. Although Simon portrays qualities that a Christ figure needs to succeed, he completely fails as evident in his brutal but ineffective crucifixion and his fruitless attempt at martyrdom. Simon is arguable the most courageous and selfless character that we have seen so far, and in chapter 9 he once again shows that he cares greatly for the overall well being of the boys.
In conclusion, Simon is very symbolic in the book Lord of the Flies and represents a Christ-like character who reveals darker parts of human nature. Simon’s character represents the themes of savagery and the beast and of civilization. The “beast” that the author William Golding uses in the book represents the the savage impulses
They were evacuating during the time shortly after World War II. Some of the younger boys claimed to see a “beastie” or a “snake-thing” at night. Many people are perplexed when it comes to the query: “What is the beast and what does it symbolize?” There are numerous definitions about what the ‘thing’ haunting the children signify and it evolves throughout the book. In the beginning, the beast represents the children’s fear. “The Terrors of the Unknown” says that the children “began to people the darkness of night and forest with spirits and demons”(Doc A).
Simon is shown to be an image of Christ through his tender-hearted nature, prophetic-like qualities, and understanding of the beast within the boys. First of all, Simon 's tender-hearted nature is one of the characteristics that links him to Jesus Christ. He shows this attribute in the book through compassion and appreciation to everything. At one point in the book, Simon is exploring in the jungle when some littluns who were following him motion toward some fruit in some trees that they couldn 't quite reach. "Simon found for them the fruit that they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands."
Ironically, the children in their deranged mental state believed Simon to be the “beast,” even though they were the ones who “stuck” and “tore” him to pieces. “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, lept on the beast [Simon], screamed, struck, bit, tore,” (Doc. F). Their savagery is also demonstrated by their near-vile chant, “‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat!
Samuel Hynes writes in “William Golding” (Doc. E) about “Simon’s lonely, voluntary quest” for the meaning of the “beast”. “He finds the airman… Then he sets off.” Simon finds that it is literally human, and a direct result of man’s brutality. In chapter 5 of “Lord of the Flies” (Doc. F) He makes a brief comment on the “beast”.
Other boys on the island had many little similarities and contradictions. Roger and Simon are the most distinctive characters. The similarities between the two are very limited. Like most kids on the island, they both had their inner struggles. They both try to appeal to their leaders (Roger to Jack, Simon to Ralph), although it seems that Roger only intended to rise to the top and Simon simply wanted to be a friend.
The seekers then execute the sow and spot its head on a honed stake in the wilderness as an offering to the monster. Later, experiencing the ridiculous, fly-shrouded head, Simon has a loathsome vision, amid which he can't help suspecting that the head is talking. The voice, which he envisions as fitting in with the Lord of the Flies, says that Simon will never escape him, for he exists inside of all men. Simon pass out. When he wakes up after passing out, he walks to the mountain, where he discovers a dead parachutist.
Jack’s manipulation even is used to justify the death of Simon later. Simon is brutally murdered but Jack claims that the beast is just taking a different form rather than acknowledging the group’s wrong. The book suggests that Jack knows of the murder of Simon“This head is for the beast. It's a gift.”(146) In this instance Jack tells the boys that he somehow has control over the beast. This shows how Jack uses the beast to draw the children towards him as the leader of the group.