What is Simons Role in Lord of the flies? Essay

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What is Simons Role in Lord of the flies?

Simon is the spiritual and compassionate character of the book. He is the seeker of truth, and also the beholder of truth.

'The Lord of the flies' has many symbols and messages like one of
Aesop's fables and the story even has a moral. Each different character in the book has a strong characteristic, which makes them represent different types of people in the world. Simon's role in the book is very important; he has hidden depth, inner strength and a unique appearance. "There was a slight furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept himself to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy." This quote from the book describes Simon perfectly and gives us the impression that Simon
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Often mystics enter 'trances' to find the truth they are seeking. Simon is subject to faints and hallucinations and his fits symbolise the visionary experience. He represents the devotional type of person on the island, he is pure and holy, and he has the special bond with
Ralph. Simon's special place in the book was his sanctuary or 'den'.
The text sets this part of the island away from the rest of the jungle, the same way in which Simon is set apart from the other boys.
His secret place is in the clearing, full of flower and butterflies.
He is sufficiently at one with the jungle to walk in it alone at night. He is at one with nature and he has no fear. The sanctuary is described as 'Eden' like, beautiful and quiet. It requires a lot of attention detail, like Simon, and is a place for reflection and meditation. In this private place Simon is surrounded by nature. The butterfly is mentioned. It is a symbol of delicate perfection in air.
The next time Simon returns to his den, flies display themselves to
Simon, representing the evil which has now taken over the island.

I think that Simon is comparable to Jesus Christ. Events and images surrounding Simon often parallel bible stories of Christ. Simon helps his fellow humans, struggles with 'the devil', and is finally killed by people who don't understand him. Simon has his first religious encounter on the island with the Lord of the flies. The pigs head tempts him into

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