Simon In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Who knew that a dirt-stained, timid boy could be the center of a story’s allegory. In the Lord of the Flies written by William Golding, young boys get stranded on an island after a plane crash and they have to survive on their own. The boys end up losing their innocence and turning savage, committing the crime of killing each other and obsessing over a fictional beast. Simon, a main character is the only one on the island who has a spiritual nature, is kind, and wise which corresponds to Jesus. Throughout the story, Simon can be connected to a Christ-like figure through both their deaths and the tempting of the inner beast. The connection of Lord of the Flies to a religious theme allows for the story to have a deeper meaning and brings one …show more content…
Simon hears the pig’s head on a stick talking to him. The pig, otherwise known as Lord of the Flies is taunting him saying, “You knew, didn’t you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?... What are you doing out here all alone? Aren't you afraid of me?" (Golding, 1954, p. 111). The pig’s head is not only representing the beast, but it also represents the devil and the inner dark force. Jesus as well experiences the tempting of a dark force, being the devil. Jesus is nearing his time of execution and the devil tries to tempt him into backing out of death. Simon and Jesus, however both shut down these evil forces and in the end they following through with their plans. The beast and the devil implement fear into the boys on the island and people in the present day. The boys get so caught up into the idea of the beast that they turn to savage ways. They start yelling violent chants such as, “Kill the pig, Cut her throat. Spill her blood,” and even tearing innocent Simon to shreds (Golding, 1954, p. 56). The savage boys are compared to fallen angels. They started as innocent young English boys evolving into doing acts of violence and savagery. Instead of having to rely on their parents they rely on killings. The boys are not seen as young civilized boys anymore, they are seen and act as animals, “what are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?” (Golding, 1954, p. 70). Golding uses the beast to prove that when a person focuses so much on thing it can take over their life. The idea of the beast took over the boy's’ lives and they will live with the consequences forever. The beast or otherwise seen as the devil, implement fear and tempt many into sinful

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