5. Simon: Doomed Saint.
Lord of the Flies
William Golding, 1954
Famous for: The Beast, a talking pig’s head on a stake, a horrific descent into chaos and savagery.
Simon is the one character in Lord of the Flies who’s undeniably, unalterably good. So what did William Golding have in mind when he created Simon? 60sR disagrees with critics who think that Simon is a Christ figure.
Check out this Recap on Golding’s most nuanced character.
If Ralph = civilization, Jack = savagery, and Piggy = reason, what does Simon stand for? Here’s one answer:
Simon is a symbol of essential human goodness. Here’s how you know.
In Lord of the Flies, it’s every boy for himself. Except when it comes to Simon. There he is, at the end of Chapter Three, plucking ripe fruit for the littlest boys like some kind of Patron Saint of Desert Islands.
But a lot of the people look at Simon and say, “Wait, there’s got to be more.” They say, “Simon is really good; well, Jesus was really good, so Simon must be a Christ figure.”
And then they look at the fact that Simon can maintain the purity of his goodness in the face of evil and they say, “Well, Jesus did that, too. “
And then they say, “Oh, and Simon is eventually murdered at the hands of those who have given into evil, JUST LIKE JESUS!!”
Right. Except when Simon dies, that’s it. But when Jesus is crucified, that’s not it. In the Jesus story, the crucifixion is followed by a resurrection. Good triumphs over evil.
Not with Simon.
Which means that if you want Biblical parallels, wait for Recap 6.
Character Essay of Simon - Lord of the Flies
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The appearance of Simon in the novel The Lord of the Flies is of great significance and is substantial for the development of the story because he made lots of points in the story. First of all, it is important to state that he sent simple, yet deep messages throughout the novel, with morals behind them. Religiously speaking, Simon can be identified as the Christ-figure in the story. Simon also had a very specific role in the novel in being the character in contact with nature. Simon's significance in the story is obvious, and one way to deduce this is by identifying his messages.
Throughout the story, Simon gave a variety of advice that did not seem important at the moment, but turned out to be substantial as time went by. Simon…show more content…
Beelzebub also tempted Simon and gave him a forecast of what would happen. Like Jesus, Simon knows he has to die to allow the tribe to subsist. The facts that everybody was guilty, and that no one did anything to bring him back to life link him to Christ in a greater proportion. After Simon's death, the tribe started to believe in him, especially Ralph, noticing Simon was right and he tried to tell them the truth about the Beast remembering that it was inside all of them; similar to what occurred with Jesus and his apostles. An even more compelling similarity between Jesus and Simon is that "Jesus then leads three of his disciples to a very high mountain, where he undergoes the Transfiguration from Jesus to the Christ figure, the true Son of God. He then comes down from the mountain and begins his priestly ministry" (Racicot). Like Jesus, Simon goes out to the woods and meditates, coming back with more clear answers and perspective of things. On one occasion, Simon went up to the mountain and talked with the Lord of the Flies, having a similar situation to the one Jesus had when he was in the desert meditating. Simon's relation to religion is evident, and his role was even clearer.
Simon had a specific mission in the novel: the opportunity to talk to the beast and receive answers, very similar to revelations. His role was to help the boys notice what the Beast really was, and not