“Lord of the Flies” Character Essay

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Humans have a monster inside of them that is subdued by society, and if society is taken away, then that “monster” will consume them. This is true for most people, but not all humans are like that. One of the most notable humans to over come the “monster” is Simon, a character from the book “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. The story is set on an island in the Pacific Ocean. A plane full of British schoolboys crash lands on an island and they’re stranded there with no adults, no society, and no rules. Simon is one of the few characters that stay sensible and good throughout the story. He has a sixth sense about things happening around him, he is kindhearted, and he faints a lot which give the appearance of him being weak.

Simon has a sixth sense about everything around him. “‘Maybe,’ he said hesitantly, ‘maybe there is a beast,’… ‘what I mean is … maybe it’s only us’ ” (89). Here Simon talks about the beast that everyone is afraid of, and comments that “It’s just them”. Later in the story you find out that this is true. “ ‘All the same. You’ll get back all right. I think so, anyway’ ” (111). Ralph didn’t think much of it at the time, but at the end of the book, Simon once again proves to be right in his judgment. “ ‘-Or else,’ said the Lord of the Flies, ‘we shall do you? See? Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph. Do you. See?’ ” (144). When Simon looses consciousness, he imagines that the sow’s head, the Lord of the Flies, is speaking to him and telling him that he’s going to be killed by everyone. In the next chapter, Simon is killed and is swept away into the dark, blue ocean. Simon not only has a sixth perception about things, but is caring and thoughtful as well.

Simon is a kindhearted person throughout the story. “Simon sitting between the twins and Piggy, whipped his mouth and shoved his piece of meat over the rocks to Piggy, who grabbed it” (74). Jack doesn’t give Piggy a piece of meat,...
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