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Lord Of The Flies - Simon
Transcript of Lord Of The Flies - Simon
purity someone can show to others. A major
thing Simon is known for throughout his life and after on the island is his ability to stay civilized, and pure. We see at the beginning of the book he is a quite and shy character. As the we get further into the novel we see Simon is demonstrative of many characteristics. SIMON Lord of the Flies - Character Proflies Simon at the beginning is apart of the Choir that is lead by Jack and soon breaks off as he does not agree with Jack being the leader on the new found island. Instead of electing Jack as the new leader of the boys, they suspect they would fear for the worst if he was to lead. Simon ends up in favor of Ralph being the leader of the boys. We soon find out Simon faints, and we as readers realize this is as one of his character traits. "The choir boy who had fainted sat up against a palm trunk, smiled pallidly at Ralph and said that his name was Simon." (18) Near the end of Simon's life we see the bravery that he portrays in his character. This quality is exemplified near the ending as we see he wants to climb to the top of the mountain to see the true beast. The majority of Ralph's group that is left does form an agreement with Simon's proposal. Also at the beginning Simon is portrayed as a shy and nervous boy, but as they are left to survive and fend for themselves on the island he starts to brake apart from his foretold qualities, but also keeps many. At the beginning of the novel we see right away that Simon acts like all the other boys on the island. Simon is scared and does not completely follow what is happening as this is all a shock to the boys. All the boys are use to being told what to do and when to do it, so when they figure out that they are alone they are startled and are looking for guidance. Another way we see Simon break away from the choir, now known as the hunters is when he refuses to hunt with Jack and his new found group. This shows rebellious actions toward Jack. Simon says to Ralph, "You're chief. You tell 'em off." (Golding 51). This is a perfect example of Simon's departure from Jack's side and the transfer to Ralph's side. Characteristics of Simon We do not learn so much about him in the beginning of this novel. But later on more and more characteristics are prominent When we read on in the novel we find that Simon does not regress, but progresses. He is one of the boys that does not lose the "taboo" of the old life along with Ralph's new found tribe. Simon keeps his memory of the profound civilization as most boys did at the beginning of the novel, but unlike the others he does not forget it. While most boys are regressing, Simon does not. Simon demonstrates signs of maturity throughout the novel. A quote to support this is; "Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for [the littluns] the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands." (57). This demonstrates the smaller boys are dependent on Simon to help them get food. Simon realizes the littluns’ dependence on him, a responsibility that forces him into the role of an adult. A way that Simon is portrayed throughout the novel is when he helps others out, out of the goodness of his heart. The boys on the island also talk to us about Simon being batty because of the higher understanding he retains than all the other boys. Simon becomes more at home and comfortable on the island as the novel progresses. This is the reason that we start to see his character develop more as we go through the novel. After, Simon is busy helping the boys and then the curiosity takes over while he is working with the others as he sneaks up the mountain side when the boys are not paying attention to him. Two noticeable characteristics that Simon demonstrates is his purity and innocence. This is continually demonstrated throughout the novel as he refuses to enter the world of savagery and as he chooses to do right from wrong. Young Simon demonstrates innocence as he has done nothing to harm others. "He's always throwing a faint". (16). Jack is tired of Simon always fainting. This quote shows that Jack is not very fond of Simon and does not like him very much. At the time of his death Simon was thinking and feeling about the immense pain that he was going through. "The sticks fell and the mouth of the new circle crunched and screamed. The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face." (168). Also he was worried of what would happen to him as noticed in the quote above. Simon was exposed to the conflict of man vs. society, man vs. psychological state and man vs. nature. Simon experiences the conflict of man vs. soce=iety as he is mistaken for the beast when he dies. The society is all the boys on the island as they can not dine the fact that they were all involved in the murder of Simon. When Simon is coming down the mountain to tell the boys about the true beast, he is coming into the time of when the boys are in the chant. He is traveling through the dark towards the light. The boys participating in the chant mistake the movement in the bush for the beast, but in the end it is Simon that they end up killing instead of the beast. "The beast struggled forward, broke the ring and fell over the steep edge of the rock to the sand by the water. At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore." (169) The conflict of man vs. psychological state is when Simon faints at the beginning of the novel. There is also a second occurrence of man vs. psychological state when he is hallucinating about having a conversation with the Lord of the Flies Also, in the novel after Simon's death the same character trait is shown in all the boys. This character trait is the fact that everybody has the potential to be a savage no matter the situation. We see two different view points of death when both Simon and Piggy die. Jack's new found group are the ones that laugh and do not care if someone dies as they do not experience guilt, but instead experience pride. What is left of Ralph's group, before and after both deaths, feels terrible and guilty. This is shown really well in Ralph, when he riddles himself with guilt because he thinks he is the cause of both characters deaths. Ralph says "That was murder". Piggy responded by saying; [Ralph] stop it! What good're you doing talking like that?" (172). By: Ryan Boersen,
Kyle Pearson, "He was batty." (173). This is Piggy's interpretation that he gets of Simon from being around him. The conflict of Man vs. Nature is when Simon hits his knees off a large rock. "Simon felt his knees hit the rock." (162). This is the end of our the novel and our presentation. Thank you for watching it and we hope that you learned things about our character Simon that you did not know before. And Joshua Fitchett