Lord of the Flies - Significance of Simon

             The Signifiance Of Simon In Lord Of The Flies
             Human nature is the qualities and traits all humans are born with, regardless of whether or not they are good or evil. William Golding bases his novel Lord Of The Flies on this theory, using the significance of Simon to represent a Christ-like figure who demonstrates generosity, loyalty and clarity. Simon's good character creates the contrast between the good and evil that humans are capable of.
             By observing the actions of Simon, they reveal his generous nature towards everyone on the island. When Jack refused to give Piggy any meat, "Simon, sitting between the twins and Piggy, wiped his mouth and shoved his piece of meat over the rocks to Piggy, who grabbed it. The twins giggled and Simon lowered his face in shame" (80). The other boys were too greedy to offer Piggy any of their meat so Simon willingly shared his. His actions resemble those of Christ, whom is purely good and holy. When men laughed at those who were outcasts in society and less fortunate, Christ offered them food and respected them. Simon too, offered his food to Piggy who was treated like an outcast. Simon's actions reveal the goodness and generosity that is found in his human nature, contrasting to the greed and selfishness of the other boys.
             In addition, Simon is the only character who is consistently loyal and willing to help. Instead of helping build the huts, the boys got off-task and left Ralph alone with Simon. Ralph explained to Jack "They're hopeless. The older ones aren't much better. D'you see? All day I've been working with Simon. No one else. They're off bathing, or eating, or playing" (55). Simon gave up his own free time to work on the huts and did not complain. Just like Christ who was loyal to his people, Simon was loyal to Ralph and the boys. His positive intentions of helping contributed to the island and were a contrast to the irresponsi

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