Not many authors dare to write something in a novel that they disagree with. However, when interviewed by Jack Biles, William Golding, the author of the chilling novel Lord of the Flies, states that at the end of the novel, Ralph is weeping for Piggy “and he should be weeping for Simon.” Golding means that the loss of absolute good impacts the island much more than the loss of civilization and order. This is plausible because Simon represents goodness, so his death is a loss of all goodness and morals. His murder leads to the decline of other aspects of civilization since goodness creates the morals and sets the foundations for an ordered civilization. As a symbol, Simon embodies all of the “goodness” on the island through his kindness, …show more content…
The cold irony of Simon trying to release the evil and then merging with the evil itself shows how the boys are losing the will to tell the difference between good and evil. Just before Simon walks into his impending doom, he finds the real identity of the beast — the corpse of a pilot. In his rush to resolve the other boys’ fears, he overlooks the fact that they are performing a dangerous ritual. The boys, in their crazed frenzy, mistake him for the beast, and “leapt onto the beast [Simon], screamed, struck, bit, tore” (Golding 153). Another Christ allusion can be picked up from here, as Jesus’s death is similar to this, with him rushing to convey an important message, and the populace failing to lend him their ears. Simon, the epitome of virtue on the island, is killed, as he is mistaken for the very evil he attempts to unveil. As Simon moves out to sea, his heavenly figure is taken with him. Little creatures surround his corpse and dress “Simon’s coarse hair with brightness” (Golding 154), making a halo shape around his head. This is yet another suggestion of the Son of Man and heavenly figures. Simon drifts away from the island, taking with him all goodness, kindness, and empathy, as symbolized by the halo. What takes his place is the savagery that Jack embodies. After Simon’s departure, Jack twists reality and fantasy together …show more content…
Now that killing other boys has been justified by Simon’s death, Jack’s tribe does not hesitate to kill Piggy and hunt Ralph. While Ralph and his little group of followers are trying to negotiate, Roger casually sends a boulder flying straight towards Piggy and Ralph. While Ralph dives out of the way, the rock hits Piggy with “a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (Golding 181). Not more than a minute later, Jack, “with full intention…[hurls] his spear at Ralph” (Golding 181). As soon as Simon is gone, Piggy and the conch disappear and Ralph, who symbolizes democracy, becomes the next target. Piggy represents civilization and society, and the conch represents law and order. The sudden loss of goodness brings about the end of what has been a gradual decay of logic, which turns its decline into a rapid and brutal one. Although Piggy’s demise represents the end of logic, the loss of logic is ultimately brought about by the death of Simon. Before Simon’s murder, there is a chance that logic and order could prevail, as seen by Ralph’s actions to keep order in his own group. With Ralph’s support, Piggy suggests that they “‘build it [the fire] just here between the bathing pool and the platform’” (Golding 129). This shows that rational thinking and order still live before Simon’s fall, however small. Everything seems to be
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When he comes out of the woods the boys 'think' that he is coming to get them, because the beast became Simon by shapeshifting. Simon tries to tell the boys the truth about the beast from the mountain, but they savagely tear him to pieces. The boys have just killed their carrier of truth (savior) in a very public, painful way similar to Christ's death. Simon's desire to reveal the truth was evident in his actions leading up to his own death.
Simon was one of the only boys who actually showed moral decency on the island. While the rest of the older boys are mean to the littluns on the island, for instance they stomp on a sand castle the littluns have built. Roger even throws stones at one of the boys. Simon on the other hand actually helps the littluns. Like when he helped them pick their fruit off the trees, because they couldn't reach.
Explanation: And here we have one of the most painful parts of the book to read. It started as a game, but it didn’t take long for it to spiral downhill. That mob-mentality thing I was talking about before horrifically comes into play here. The paragraph starts with saying Simon was crying, but as soon as the mob turns on him he’s described as they see it, the beast, degraded to an it.
Golding establishes Simon’s presence as a religious and spiritual figure early on in the novel not only by his continuous journeys to places of meditation.but also in how the other characters perceive him to be. Simon is physically frail (as shown in his fainting spells) deeply spiritual, compassionate, non-violent, and in harmony with the natural world (like many religious figures tend to be). Being one of the older boys, he garners respect from the littluns and helps them with activities like picking fruits. One quote that really stood out is how Ralph described Simon when he first got a good look at him. His eyes especially stood out to Ralph.
In Golding's novel, he uses the main characters as metaphors to show that evil will consume mankind’s virtue, while inflicting chaos, if the presence of optimism and intelligence is lost in civilization. In Golding's novel, Simon is a metaphor for virtue in the novel. Golding alludes to the idea that Simon is a sign of goodness by
Two characters Ralph and Piggy coincide, and decide to call for others. They found a valuable white shell called a conch, that can create loud sounds. Ralph blew into the conch and the survivors eventually gathered all together. The group establishes a leader by voting for either Ralph, Piggy, or the respectable hunter Jack. Ralph becomes elected and creates a government that will eventually split the group into two, civilized people and savages.
At first, ralph makes a fire, hoping to stop a passing ship. Soon, after, all the boys group together, one of the boys, Jack tries to challenge ralph for his leadership, Jack tribe release a boulder on piggy, killing him. Jack then takes the other two boys hostage, leaving Ralph alone. During the process of jacks tribe trying to kill him. In the midst of trying to kill him, jack starts a forest fire.
This shows that the boys are only afraid of themselves, because they are their own worst enemy. He is the first to figure out that the beast is not an actual beast, and how it is only the boys becoming savage, and starting to be afraid of one another. As Simon began to explain this to the doubtful boys, he was the only one who died knowing the
This indicates that the island, the darkness of his life, is now leaving him. This can be connected to Christianity, when Jesus was hung from the cross, which made him rise into heaven. Simon is finally away from the people who persecuted him because he tried to speak out. When “the great wave” was surrounded by “inquisitive bright creatures”, this continues to show that Simon was the brightness of
Golding compares the Lord of the Flies to a toy, flashing back to Simon’s hallucinations, using the element of imaginary. The death of Piggy and the shattering of the conch prove that corruption takes over when democracy is lost. With the island only being inhabited by corrupt savages, Ralph gives in and fights like a barbaric animal in an attempt to restore order. The irony is, in his attempts to restore democracy on the island, he is acting as if he were one of Jack’s savages; using the spear from the boar head to fight like a mad man. Democracy is taken over by selfishness, savage-like behavior, which causes corruption to take
Simon is a shy, sensitive boy in the group who represents a kind of Christ. Simon was kind to the younger children and does his best to help towards making a thriving community. Simon throughout the story has always been timid and shy. He does know right from wrong but is too shy to stand up for himself. Simon is called "batty" and laughed at by the boys throughout the novel.