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Kindness In An Unkind World Essay

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Being a kind-hearted person in a savage world is not an easy thing to do. The savage world will usually get through to the kind person and change them into a monster, but not Simon. Throughout William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, Simon is the boy who remains good even when the rest of the world remains cruel. Simon is a quiet boy in the story who shows wisdom and civilization, on an uncivilized and savage island.
Simon is first introduced when Ralph calls an assembly with the conch in the first chapter. We learn early he is epileptic, but is also a hard worker. When the children of the island start to turn against one another, Simon remains cool and kind-hearted through it all. Simon believes being civilized is the only way to get off of the island. He believes if they are to be rescued they must concentrate on the necessities such as fire and shelter. This is why he believes Ralph should be leader, without Ralph leading the group would be doomed, Simon himself says this about having Jack as the leader of the group, not Ralph “If Jack was chief he’d have all hunting and no fire. We’d be here until we died” (93) He believes hunting should not be a priority; he believes being rescued is the number one priority. This is why he believes Ralph is the true leader throughout the book, he even tells Ralph to “Go on being chief” (93). He promotes civilization, and also works hard to make sure they eventually find their way back to civilization.
Throughout the story Simon does many acts to help out those who need it. In the first few chapters, Simon helps littluns get fruit that is too high for them to reach. Simon also helps Ralph put up shelters, and he is the only one to actually help Ralph build the shelters. In the end, however; Simon himself is killed by uncivilized savages. Unlike other deaths, Simon’s is a bright and heavenly death. This could symbolize that since Simon remained pure throughout the entire novel, the bright death, and the journey out to sea could be seen as a type of baptism and journey to heaven. The book describes Simon’s death as “Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon’s dead body moved out toward the open sea” (154). Simon’s overall personality and death could imply him to be a symbol of a messiah.
In the novel, Simon can be seen as a messiah, or a Christ figure of the story. David Spitz agrees, “Simon, it is clear, is the Christ-figure. The voice of revelation...He alone does not fear the false god, the messenger from heaven, the slain airman who is dead but won’t lie down...” (172). Simon is the one character in the story that knew that the beast was never real. He knew the beast was only within and the only thing to fear is humans themselves. Simon also wants the boys to confront their fears to try and prove that the beast is not real. Simon himself wants them to face their fears of the mountain and even says this “I think we...

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