The complex character of Simon in The Lord of the Flies is in many ways a Christ-like figure. He has a deep connection with the environment, acts much more saintly and selfless than the other boys that accompany him on the island, and eventually dies a sacrificial death. Simon is the only character that represents goodness on the island. Simon has a compelling hallucination in which the severed sow’s head known as The Lord of the Flies speaks to him and tells him that Simon will never be able to escape him, for he lies within all human beings. Afterwards, he claims that he will have some “fun” with Simon, which could foreshadow his death. Also, in the bible “The Lord of the Flies” is the translated into the name Beelzebub, which means “a powerful demon in hell sometimes thought to be the devil himself.” These examples show that Simon uniquely has some connection with Christ in the novel.
First of all, Simon has an unusual and mystical relationship with the environment. His glade in the jungle could represent the Garden of Eden, which is a good place in the beginning, but is later plagued by evil. In the case of the island, evil is introduced in the form of the pig’s head, otherwise known as The Lord of the Flies. His conversation with the Lord of the Flies can be compared with the confrontation between Jesus and the devil during Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness, as described in the bible. Simon’s interest for
nature sets him apart from the other boys and further relates him to Christ.
Another example of the relation between Simon and Christ is his saintly and selfless manner. First, he believes in the value of morality, and thus acts more morally than his peers. Second, he is significantly more kind to the “littluns” than the other older boys. He clearly takes life more seriously than the others. Most importantly, he is the first to realize that the beast is not real, but rather lives within eac...