Summary Of William Golding's 'Lord Of The Flies'
During his encounter with the pig’s head in the forest, the truth of the beast is explained to him. The pig’s head exclaims “Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!... 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? (158)”. Through these events, Simon learned that the beast does not physically exist but it exists within the boys and represents the potential evil that they are individually capable of unleashing. Simon’s ideology differs greatly from those of Jack and Ralph. Simon attempts to understand the complexity of the beast while Jack and Ralph simply use instinctual knowledge and reasoning to disregard the threat. However, ironically, before Simon can explain the truth to the boys, he is murdered by them after being mistaken as the beast. Even though Simon never gets the opportunity to share his insight with the boys, Golding shows the reader that he had the best leadership qualities and if brought to power could have avoided the violence that would take place. Simon’s insight suggests he could have been a very intellectual and complex