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A Christ Like Figure In Lord Of The Flies

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A Christ-like figure is when an author develops allusions between their characters in their story to Jesus Christ. In Lord of The Flies the author William Golding describes parallels Simon to Jesus. Simon is one of the major characters in Lord of The Flies and he is given characteristics and a physical appearance that relates to Jesus Christ. Simon also has a similar personality and helps the weaker one in the group. Simon also experiences the devil in his journeys when he wandered in the jungle. Simon is the only “natural good” character in the story and possess many Christ-like characteristics.

Simon is described to be very skinny, not a strong person, and too have long hair. He is also intelligent and very determined with it comes to completing tasks. Another attribute that Simon has that parallels him being a Christ-like figure is that Simon helps the weaker and smaller boys in the survival group on the island. In chapter three Simon helps the “littleuns” pick fruit from the tree. “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands” (Golding page 51). Jesus also feeds with bread and fish and also helps poor individuals and sick people. Both Jesus and Simon withdraw themselves from society. After Simon helped the “littleuns” collect fruit he went and wandered into the jungle by himself. “Simon turned away from them and went where the just perceptible path led him. Soon high jungle closed in. He looked over his shoulder and glanced swiftly round to confirm that he was utterly alone" (Golding page 51). In many circumstances Jesus did the same thing. In Luke 5:16 it says that he “withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed”. Both Jesus and Simon prophesize on the future of other people and even predict their own deaths. Simon tells Ralph, “You’ll get back to where you come from” (Golding page 100).

When Simon enters the jungle he finds a pig head on a stick. This represents the devil because the pig that was placed on the stick was killed by the boys. The Lord of the Flies talk’s tries to tempt Simon and says just follow the other hunters in the group. The Lord of the flies tells him to forget trying to help the People that are "good", and do not to try and escape the island or you will die. Simon’s nose starts to bleed and he faints. In the bible in the in the story where Jesus enters the Garden of Gethsemane; Jesus goes to the garden with his apostles. This is where Jesus Christ showed his passion for the world by accepting to be crucified for the world's sins. Simon knew that he would not escape the island he even told Ralph that he would not escape. Simon was not afraid of his death and went out to search for the beast in the mountains. When he discovers that the beast is only...

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