The Significance of Simon's Death in Lord of the Flies Essay

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The characters in this story are thrown into a world of their own with no parents, no structure or laws and no protection from their own primitive instincts. There are many ideas about society and the nature of man represented in the novel. The theme of inherent human evil battling with essential human goodness, as represented by Simon. His brutal murder by the other boys indicates the scarcity of that goodness amid an overwhelming abundance of evil. The death of Simon is a turning point in "Lord of the Flies". It represents the completion of their degeneration from civilization to savagery.

Simon is kind, thoughtful, sensitive, introvert and helpful by nature;
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When he is walking through the jungle towards his cavern, he comes across some small children, "little-uns". They are trying to reach some fruit located just beyond their grasp in a tree. Simon obligingly picks the
'choicest' fruit from the foliage and passes it back down to the
'endless outstretched hands'. This scene can be likened to an event in the bible, which is where Jesus Christ feeds five thousand people with a few loaves of bread and some fish. Simon is often regarded as a prophet or even a saint like figure. He thinks of things in a different way, Simon is the only one with a real view of the 'Beast'.
He has a considerable strength of mind but is frail of body. He enters the book fainting, something that he seems to do regularly and he suffers from epilepsy or some similar condition. In chapter 5 Simon says how there may be a beast on the island, but that "it's only us".
He recognises that the beast is not a tangible form but exists as an impulse of evil within each individual; the others mock him for his views. His view is backed up again in Chapter 8 when he has his conversation with the pigs head, this conversation confirms to him that the beast is really inside everyone but shows that most would rather have fun 'than' worry about things. He then falls unconscious.

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