Simon Lord of the Flies

Topics: Foreshadowing, Character, William Golding Pages: 2 (578 words) Published: May 2, 2011
Mr. Lindhurst

English 11

3 Mar 2011


In all humans, there is some form of evil. This theme is expressed throughout the novel of Lord of the Flies. The only character to realize this is Simon. In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, nature resembles the unfortunate events to come and the character, Simon, foreshadows these events.

When Simon is introduced in the beginning of the story, he is fainting. Physical weakness becomes a hallmark of his character, from passing out to throwing up, to hallucinations and bloody noses. Although he might lack a strong physical appearance, he shows others he is intelligent by the large words he uses throughout the book. Simon is the main character who tries to hold on to civilization. He has a conversation with Ralph in the beginning of the book claiming that they will get rescued. This is the beginning of Simon starting to foreshadow events.

Throughout the novel multiple instances occur where a kid will say that they will get rescued. Littluns are usually the ones that whine about they are hungry and thirsty and wanting to know when they are going to get rescued. Eventually they do get rescued but Simon is killed accidentally and never gets to leave the island.

Simon is also the boys’ last hope of retaining civilization. Throughout the book the boys lose civilization and become savages. Simon, Ralph, and piggy try to maintain their selves and help others remain civilized. To me it seemed that Jack left Ralph’s Group and created his own group because he accepted savagery and didn’t want be part of civilization anymore. Eventually this change turns for the worst of the group and actually kills Simon.

Simon is a nature boy. He is constantly in a clearing in the woods watching the stars and being alone. At one time that he goes to the clearing he encounters the “Lord of the Flies”, which begins to talk to him (143). This is one of his hallucinations, but he believes...
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