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Character Analysis Of Simon In "Lord Of The Flies" By William Golding

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Clayton M. FergusonFebruary 20-200310H EnglishLord of the FliesFear is described as a frightened emotion aroused by danger. Fear of the unknown can be a powerful force, which you can turn into either hysteria or insight. The big question here is, what can fear really do? No character in the "Lord of the Flies" displays the force of fear better than Simon. Simon shows how fear of the unknown can lead you to weakness of the mind and body, hysteria, and finally true insight.Simon is a skinny bright-eyed boy who is shy of public speaking and whom all the other boys think is "batty." Simon likes to be by himself and ...view middle of the document...

The twins, samneric met the others at an assembly to discuss the Beast that was seen by the twins. Simon remained silent through out the assembly unable to imagine the Beast described. Simon used his inward sight to picture the Beast "as a human at once heroic and sick."One weary day, as Simon lay in his secret place among the vines, he watched jack and his hunters behead a sow and place it on a stick sharpened at both ends of the stick. This sickens the emotions of Simon into almost hysteria. After jack and his hunters left Simon converses with the Beast who has at last come to light! The Lord of the Flies speaks to Simon tauntingly, "Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You new; didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are the way they are?" At this point Simon is the only one who knows who the Beast truly is.With this new insight, Simon wearily tries to tell the rest of the tribe who the Beast is but is ironically mistaken as the Beast and beaten until his untimely end. With the death of Simon comes the end of humanism and spirituality which foreshadows the true start of savagery in the Lord of the Flies.In the story "Lord of the Flies" the Beast is an unseen force that represents the savagery that lays dormant in all men. The Beast is the feared force that pushes Simon through weakness, hysteria, and last true insight.

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