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Jack And Simon In Chapter Three Of The Lord Of The Flies

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Jack and Simon in Chapter Three of the Lord of the Flies

In the Lord of the Flies, William Golding makes many contrasts between
his symbolic characters. For example in chapter three, 'Huts on the
beach', many contrasts and similarities are made between the two
characters Jack and Simon. These descriptions give an idea to their
personality and feelings.

The description of Simon in the jungle, and Jack in the woods
highlights many of their differences. Jack is alone and descriptions
like, 'with flared nostrils', and 'ape- like' suggest he is behaving
like an animal. Jack's appearance is also starting to resemble
animals, as his hair has grown, 'longer', and his skin darker with, 'a
mess of dark freckles'. Simon's appearance is described similarly to
jacks. He has ' a coarse mop of black hair,' which was 'long' Simon on
bare feet, like jack and he has dark skin and only wears, 'the remains
of shorts'. This shows that both characters do not take much care in
their appearance. In this sense, living on the island has effected
them both in the same way.

Jack has changed in himself by becoming less prim and proper. He has
started to swear, become more dirty and tatty, 'streaked with brown
earth' and he is wearing only, 'tattered shorts', these factors all
show how jack is loosing his inhibitions and that from the start of
the book he has changed greatly.

The settings of the wood and jungle are quite similar, although the
way Golding presents them greatly changed the perception of Jack and
Simon. Simon, in the jungle is presented in an attractive way by
descriptions like, 'the scent of ripeness' and, 'flower and fruit grow
together on the same tree'. When Simon walks past the candle buds, the
quote, 'the candle buds stirred. Their green sepals drew back a little
and the white tips of the flowers rose delicately to meet the open
air', is used. This clearly shows an unusual ability Simon has, and
resembles a Jesus figure, the descriptions, in contrast to the wood
Jack is in, seem surreal, and tranquil. Jack in the wood is set with,
'a sharpened stick about five feet long', reflecting a threatening,
tense atmosphere.

Simon is with the littuns and he is shown to be generous and...

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