“Lord of the Flies” Character Essay

704 Words Sep 3rd, 2008 3 Pages
Humans have a monster inside of them that is subdued by society, and if society is taken away, then that “monster” will consume them. This is true for most people, but not all humans are like that. One of the most notable humans to over come the “monster” is Simon, a character from the book “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. The story is set on an island in the Pacific Ocean. A plane full of British schoolboys crash lands on an island and they’re stranded there with no adults, no society, and no rules. Simon is one of the few characters that stay sensible and good throughout the story. He has a sixth sense about things happening around him, he is kindhearted, and he faints a lot which give the appearance of him being weak. …show more content…
Simon gets fruit for the littluns who can’t reach it by themselves, another kind act only meant to help another. “He [Piggy] went crouching and feeling over the rocks but Simon, who got there first, found them for him” (71). When Jack hits Piggy and he loses his glasses, Simon is the one that picks them up for him. Simon knows that Piggy gets picked on and is disliked among most of the members of the tribe, but he helps him out anyways. Simon’s angelic nature is topped off with the fact that he has seizures.

Simon faints continuously throughout the story, which gives the impression that he’s weak. “Then one of the boys flopped on his face in the sand and the line broke up” (20). This is the first time Simon faints. “ ‘He’s [Simon] always throwing a faint,’ said Merridew” (20). Here Jack Merridew admits that Simon has fainted a lot in the past and should be just left alone on the sand. “Simon was inside the mouth. He fell down and lost consciousness” (144). When he imagines that the sow’s head is talking to him, he has a seizure near the end of the conversation and blacks out. This is the last time he fainted until his life ended. Simon faints a lot throughout the story giving others the impression he is weak and sickly, but in truth he is a very strong, caring person.

Simon represented the good on the island. When he dies, something
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