Simon in William Golding's Lord of the Flies Essay
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Simon in William Golding's Lord of the Flies
At the beginning of the novel, William Golding has described Simon as
'a Christ-figure, a lover of mankind a visionary.' We first met him anonymously, he is the child of whom Jack speaks despairingly in
Chapter 1. Thereafter we see more of him alone than in company, for his shyness makes it difficult for him to summon up the courage to speak publicly. Yet his affection for the other boys never wanes. He dies trying to give them the simple enlightenment that the beast they fear is non-existent. Simon makes the intuitive discovery that all the terrors on the island exist within the boys themselves, the psychological factor of the 'beast' that is their own imagination.
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In Chapter 4 we see yet again the kindness and generosity that Simon has to offer. In the middle of the episode we are informed that Simon hands a piece of meat to Piggy. Jack, being the oppressor of the group, did not allow Piggy to eat as he did not hunt with them. We know this as it says 'Simon wiped his mouth and shoved his piece of meat over the rocks to Piggy.' The key word in this quote would be
'his.' This shows that Simon gave up his own meat to satisfy the hunger and alleviate the oppression of someone else. Later on in the chapter, we see Simon like the prophets old, was often ridiculed and vilified. An example of this would be, 'Simons efforts fell about him in ruins; the laughter beat him cruelly and he shrank away defenceless to his seat.' This shows us that Simon is being likened to a prophet.
Him being likened to a prophet would be another example of how he speaks the truth unlike some of the others.
In the chapter, 'Painted Faces and Long Hair,' we have to ask ourselves the question, 'if man is
Simon's Death In "Lord Of The Flies"
Golding uses the death of Simon to portray a death of goodness on the island and in the boys. This essay will explore how, with the use of language and imagery, how Golding shows this in chapter 9 of "Lord of the Flies".
Golding uses the weather and the technique of pathetic fallacy throughout the chapter to show the build up of tension on the island and then a release of all the built up tension. At the beginning of the chapter, Golding describes the clouds gathering, "Over the island the build-up of clouds continued" the clouds represent the boys' savagery starting to grow. Then later in the chapter, "Piggy inspected the looming sky", the evil continues to build up, and then, it all breaks, after a gathering of evil, the evil breaks loose, "Between the flashes of lightening, the air was dark and terrible". In this terrible frenzy, the sin of murder is committed. The extremity of the weather reflects the extremity of the boys' actions and their savagery. After Simon has been killed the weather is described as lighter, "Towards midnight, the rain ceased and the clouds drifted away" the intensity of before has finished and swept away the evil, although perhaps only temporarily...
Golding uses horrific language to show the savagery of the boys in this frenzy, "Screamed, struck, bit, tore" these strong verbs give us a sense of the evil being done. It also shows that the savagery of the boys has been building up since they arrived at the island; it is not a recent thing and because of how, when the pressure is released, almost like a volcano they lose complete control and the anger erupts, "the mouth of the new circle crunched and screamed". Again, powerful verbs are used to convey the terror and violence and the terrible release of pressure against an innocent being.
The image of the scar that Golding creates in "Lord of the Flies" symbolises the damage they are doing not only to the island but to themselves, "The dark sky was shattered by a white-blue scar". A scar is a permanent impact that will never go away, "The blue-white scar was constant" once the boys have murdered; they will not be able to undo their actions but must continue how they have started, in a terrible way. The scar shows that they have crossed a significant line towards complete savagery. By killing a human being they...
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