Passage 1: “Where’s the man with the megaphone?” The fair boy shook his head. “This is an island. At least I think it’s an island.
Simon says “I think we ought to climb to the mountain.” (128) Simon goes to a clearing in the forest where he can meditate upon the sights and sounds. Simon is too taunted by the “Lord of the Flies” which translates into Beelzebub in Hebrew, a demon in Hell, still confronts the evil. Lastly, Christ and Simon are persecuted for their ideals, similar to Jesus spreading his faith.
Once they kill Simon it explains deeply about how they kill him and how cruel and brutal it was. They kill him by biting and clawing and acting like savages. Simon says that it's themselves that is the beast and it shows in the part of the story how they act savage and
Golding wrote his death in this way purposely, so that Simon would look as if he was being resurrected, but in reality he is just drifting out to sea, and his body will decompose and fish will eat him, along with the Angelic looking creatures on him pulling him to sea. His message did not endure, as the boys just killed him and ran away, none of them hearing that he freed the island from the corruption of the dead man. Simon’s role as a failed Christ figure was shown by his crucifixion, “resurrection”, and his failure to get the boys to listen to his message of freeing them from corruption. His violent death did not make him a martyr as Christ was, he would only to be thought of as a batty boy who died on the island.
The collective fear of the unknown leads to the untimely and accidental death of Simon. The distress present in the boys causes their impulsive action, of Simon’s horrific murder. Fear of “the beast” an imaginary creature causes the boys to act irrational, and provokes survival instincts as a result of life threatening terror. The fear of the boys in this moment is epitomized when they chant, “Kill the beast!, Cut his throat, Spill his blood!” (168).
Simon was always an outsider and their is lots of evidence that hints Simon is a Christ like figure. He helped those in need, and was killed by his own community. He even grew his hair out longer than the other boys. The author writes, “Here the littluns who had run after him caught up with him… Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands.”(pg.56).
As Simon comes to embody the Christ-figure role, the other character’s slow descent into savagery calls for him to grow into a strong figurehead of understanding and enlightenment. Leading up to this point, Simon stands out as the only character to put the needy before himself, as the others believe in survival of the fittest. He even provides food for the hungry, such as Piggy and the neglected littluns. In a scene similar to Jesus’ feeding of the multitude, Simon picks the best fruit for the “endless, outstretched hands” (56) until they grow satisfied. This key moment directly mirrors Jesus’ desire to provide for the needy who follow him, an act which further proves to the people that Jesus is the Messiah as he feeds thousands with just a bit of bread.
We was scared!” (156) Simon knew the truth about the beast, he had the potential to rescue the boys from themselves yet they escalated the situation and killed him for trying to spread the good news. The death of Simon was a real turning point in the novel. When the once pure, almost Godly boy is furiously executed is when the decline of the conch truly
When the bus crashed and went into the lake, Simon knew that this was his time, and all along it was God’s plan. He saved all the kids and sacrificed himself for a another child to be removed from the bus. Sadly he floated to the top of the lake and died later in the movie, in the hospital. Simon died in good spirits knowing this was God calling him up to the
Maybe it’s only us.” (89) Simon intellectually realizes that the beast lies in every single person and that they all have the capacity for evil doings as well as good. This type of thinking is more abstract than what is exhibited in past levels. For example if Simon’s moral development
He's also sweating, having a seizure, and bleeding profusely from his nose. So, if Simon's "night before" matches up with Jesus's "night before," then Simon dies for the sins of the boys and are somehow saved by his death? It's hard to say. But it
Corruption’s Rise to Power Combined Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler killed 54 million people. This begs the question, why do people who are clearly corrupted and even murderous followed by many? William Golding in his novel The Lord of the Flies attempts to answer that question through his portrayal of the character, Jack. In the novel, a group of boys get stranded on an island and attempt to create a proper government.
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
Simon, a boy who portrays Jesus, in attempts to tell the other boys about the real “beast” and what the “creature” truly is, he pays with his life, just like the son of God, when he would bring God’s word to the people and endures punishment for it. Simon releases the poor man whose pulse has stopped beating its rhythmic tune, allowing him to be swallowed up in the ocean, forgotten in the deep blue waves, and forgotten when the only one carrying knowledge of the truth dies; this shows freedom from the fight, when the wind carries the body to the sea for the water to embrace him, like a baby in a mother’s womb. Another theme that the parachutist indicates is the lack of communication to the real world, the man is dead, along with any form of communication, then when he drifts off many of the boys start losing hope and omitting the fact that the fire is their form of communication, a signal to the world that they are there, stuck on an island away from the rules of society and waiting for someone to rescue them. Furthermore, the lifeless body of the man is not a simple message, rather a task to remember, to remember that they are not savages, but young British