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Lord Of The Flies Characteristics

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In the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, a group of young boys become stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash. Since the world is at war, the boys realize they are not the main concern and rescue might take a while. Without adult supervision and with no simple means of survival, the boys must fend for themselves and rely on their own skills and experiences to survive. As their time on the island progresses, the strengths and weaknesses of the boys become more apparent. Some seem destined to live and others to die. Golding uses the main characters and their character traits to develop the theme that society is the result of “survival of the fittest.” Jack is one of the older boys on the island who represents how stronger,…show more content…
He sort of clashes with Jack and Ralph because of how wise his thoughts are because of this he clashes with Jack and Ralph because they view Simon as a “weak”, and not as strong as them. From the start, Simon starts to slightly resemble a parent figure because of how mature he is in many situations and encounterments that they reach. An example of a situation that showed that Simon portrayed a parent figure was when he had the encounter with the head or the “beast”. When he encountered it he “developed a theme of a nature to the conscious personality of a man is developed in a stunning fashion” (Epstein 110). He states that “maybe there is a beast...maybe it's only us” (Golding 80). Both of these quote are explaining that when he did see the beast he was the only one to realize that the beast was living in each of the boys. Jack and Ralph’s first instinct to do when something goes wrong is to kill, Simon does not resort to killing first. He tries to think of other ways instead of conclusion to kill. Simon shows that you don't always have to be the one to be the strongest, but you must be wise and a good thinker to show good characteristics of survival of the
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