Lord Of The Flies Allegory

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, innocence is “freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil” (“innocence” def. 1). In the allegorical novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the innocence of schoolboys deserted on an island is tested and broken. In a failed attempt to reach safety in the midst of World War II, these boys are stranded on an island to fend for themselves. Golding uses Simon, the archetypal innocent character, in the text to demonstrate the corruption the boys face, as well as the loss of their innocence. Thus, through the characterization of Simon in Lord of the Flies, William Golding symbolizes innocence and purity, which further proves how the text is a religious allegory because Simon …show more content…

While the rest of the boys were questioning the existence of the beast, Simon was disputing who the beast was: “What I mean is...maybe it’s only us”(Golding 89). Here, Simon accepts the reality that they are the beast, as the others continue to argue over the authenticity of the beast. Simon’s thought process is different from the other boys’ and it becomes more prominent as he realizes that they are the beast. Once he learns who the beast is, he attempts to encourage the other to make a rational decision instead of killing, but no one else on the island has the same mentality. This wise rationale corresponds to the rationale of Jesus Christ. He was a figure of insight and wisdom, and Simon provides that in this quote. Both characters embody a figure with the desire to protect others. Jesus was sent to protect humans from the damnation of hell, and Golding created Simon to protect the other from their inner and innate evil. Thus, Simon’s insight and wisdom further shows the resemblance between Simon and Jesus Christ, proving that Lord of the Flies is a religious allegory.
Towards the conclusion of the novel, Simon’s innocence and purity prevails in his attempt to inform the others of the dead parachutist. As Simon is the only one left who did not descend into savagery, he is able to have a “conversation” with the Lord

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