Lord Of The Flies Character Analysis Essay (Simon)

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Is everybody born purely good inside? Or are we all filled with certain amounts of good and evil? In Lord of the Flies by William Golding a plane full of school boys lands on a deserted island, killing all the adults. With no adult supervision or civilization the boys descend back into the madness and savagery that is human nature. In Lord of the Flies by william Golding his character Simon uses spiritual power by finding out what the beast really is, showing how he failed to warn the others, how his use of the power affected the book as a whole, and how spiritual power is in the real world.
Simon uses spiritual power by finding out what the beast see what the beast really is. After Simon “[becomes] inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness.” (Golding 89) to the other boys, he knows that they will not believe him if he just simply tells them about the Beast, so he knows that the only way they will believe him is if he finds proof. He also accepts that the boys might not believe him, which directly shows him using spiritual power by standing alone with his beliefs. Another way Simon uses spiritual power is when he shows innate goodness any way he can. One of the characteristics of spiritual power is that the power is derived from inner beauty and purity of thought and behavior. Simon shows this by truly caring about the boys, because that is just the kind, caring, sort of a person Simon is. He even takes care of the little ones that nobody really seems to care about. He “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 138) Even knowing that the other boys think that he’s wacky he still tries to save them because he really cares and he wants them to realize what they are doing before it is too late. He really truly does believe that the good in mankind can overcome the evil within. He knows that all he needs to do to save the boys is get the boys to see what the beast really.
Unfortunately, Simon fails to successfully use spiritual power to keep the boys from worrying about the beast. One of the initial problems Simon has is his shyness and stage-fright at the assemblies while trying to tell the boys about the beast. Simon says that he wishes he could “stand up and speak to an assembly… without that dreadful feeling of the pressure of personality.” (Golding 103) When Simon fails to properly explain his thoughts on the beast to the boys, he loses any chance he had of them really listening to him. This means that now Simon has to prove to the boys what he suspects the Beast to be. Although Simon does stand alone in his beliefs about the beast, he does try very hard to find something to make the others believe as well. Simon speaks to The Lord of the Flies and finds the truth about the Beast, he climbs the mountain and finds the dead man in the parachute, and he does all this because “What else is there to do?”...

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