Simon As Silent Prophet Of Lord Of The Flies

1160 words - 5 pages

Simon as Silent Prophet of Lord Of The Flies  

      The role of the prophet changes with the society in which he lives. In Modern America, a prophet is a visionary, telling his people what they can become; in Biblical times, a prophet was the voice of God, telling his people what they had to become to fulfill their covenant with God. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, though, the prophet told his people nothing; he realized what they had already become, and he dared not tell them because he knew they would turn against him. Simon lived in knowledge and fear because his society denied the role of the prophet, and he did not fight it because he wanted so much to be part of that society.


The basic premise of Lord of the Flies is that humans naturally live in savagery and ignorance, without any idea of how to live together. It is the story of boys stranded on an island who must develop a government to survive. Every detail of the story holds symbolism. For example, each character represents an aspect of society : those who represent human nature survive, and those who are self-actualized--the scientists, the religious, the leaders--all die. The most terrifying death is that of Simon, who symbolizes the eyes of a blindfolded and stumbling people. He alone saw that the jungle, which represented freedom and the lack of civilization, was not to be feared but to be understood; he alone knew that the mythical Beast of the island, feared by all the boys, was in fact their own inherent savagery. (The title, Lord of the Flies, is in fact a translation of "Beelzebub," a name of the devil in the Judeo-Christian tradition).


In a vision, the Beast told Simon: "Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn't you? I'm part of all of you . . . Get back to the others and we'll forget the whole thing" (143). Simon, though he did not tell the other boys of his vision, was incapable of forgetting. He was the observant character, the quiet philosopher. He was often alone, sometimes by his own choice, and he liked to wander into the peaceful jungle. He sincerely cared about the other boys, sometimes helping the young ones to fetch fruit, yet "Simon turned away from them and went where the just perceptible path led him. Soon high jungle closed in" (56). He loved solitude and yet felt loneliness; he was alien to the other boys. The boys did not think anyone would be stupid enough to go into the jungle by night: "The assembly grinned at the thought of going out into the darkness. Then Simon stood up and Ralph looked at him in astonishment" (85). Many of the boys even thought he was "batty" because he left the group to spend time alone.  He did not fear the jungle, and he did not fear the Beast. "'Maybe,' he said hesitantly, 'maybe there is a beast. . . . maybe it's only us'" (89).


The Beast takes many forms in the boys' imaginations; once, they saw a strange shape moving at the top of a...

Find Another Essay On Simon as Silent Prophet of Lord Of The Flies

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

729 words - 3 pages 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

'Lord of the Flies" by William Golding: Should Ralph be weeping for Piggy or Simon?

866 words - 3 pages Should Ralph be weeping for Piggy or Simon?At the end William Golding?s Lord of the Flies, Golding describes Ralph weeping for Simon?s death. I disagree with Golding?s view because I think that Ralph should be weeping for both Piggy and Simon since they are both equally good friends to him and society loses very much with each one?s death.On the friendship level, Ralph should be weeping for Simon for several reasons. First of all, Ralph was

Lord of The Flies

2191 words - 9 pages choir boys who are wearing all black and being led by Jack (Martin; Golding 16). Also the conflict and ongoing fight between Ralph [good] and Jack [evil]; is the main topic of the good vs. evil discussion. Lord of the Flies starts out as all the boys coming together, civilized, focusing on rescue and survival, and staying mature. As the boys begin hunting for food; evil slowing begins creeping in. The hunting group is led by Jack and his right-hand

Lord Of The Flies

582 words - 2 pages Lord of the Flies In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, a group of young English schoolboys are stranded on a desert island cut off from society in the middle of a war. The boy's ages range from 6 to 12. Their natural capacity for evil emerges and guides their lives on the island. One way this is shown is through the conversation between Simon and the Lord of the Flies.During Simon's conversation with the Lord of the Flies Simon is almost

Lord Of The Flies

595 words - 2 pages of evil and corruption. Simon is portrayed as the seeming messiah that collapses in sight of the Lord of the Flies and is later slaughtered. The main theme of Lord of the Flies is that man is corrupt. Left to their own inclination, innocent children become ravenous, savage beasts killing their own kind. The novel holds that evil is intrinsic in humanity and has to be acknowledged and made subservient. The liberty bestowed upon them deviates into an atrocity and ensues in demise. Companionship diminishes into dictatorship, selfhood, and collectively holocaust.

Lord of the Flies

1190 words - 5 pages Lord of the Flies is the severed sow's head that Jack places on a stake as an offering to the beast. This symbol becomes the most important image in the novel when Simon seems to speak to it, telling him about how evil lies within every human heart. When it comes to the death of Simon, the Lord of the Flies becomes both a physical sign of the beast and a symbol of evil. "The body lifted a fraction of an inch from the sand and a bubble of air escaped

" Lord of the Flies".

966 words - 4 pages Lord of the FliesA running theme in Lord of the Flies is that man is savage atheart, always ultimately reverting back to an evil and primitivenature. The cycle of man's rise to power, or righteousness, and hisinevitable fall from grace is an important point that book provesagain and again, often comparing man with characters from the Bible togive a more vivid picture of his descent. Lord Of The Flies symbolizesthis fall in different manners

Lord of the Flies

643 words - 3 pages Imagine yourself in one of the characters shoes in the novel “Lord of the flies.” You would see yourself loaded with responsibilities, major decisions, etc. “Lord of the Flies” represents a microcosm of adult society. The island can act as a democratic government, demonstrate knowledge, and each character can demonstrate an aspect of adult society. William Golding was in the Royal Navy during WWII. He creates a smaller image for what’s really

Lord of The Flies

1259 words - 5 pages of flies swarming around it. The head then introduced itself as the lord of the flies to Simon who still thinks he is imagining. The Lord of the flies laughs at Simon because it was the beast. It was something you cannot kill or remove, it lives within all people. Simon then passes out and falls to the ground. He wakes up and realizes that the beast on the mountain was just a dead man in a parachute. The others are having their feast and everyone

Lord of the Flies

1580 words - 6 pages and Paradise Lost, shows the true nature of human beings in a society created by children. The novel, Lord of the Flies, comes from William Golding’s personal experiences. In 1953, Golding asked his wife, Ann, if she thought it would be a good idea if he wrote a book about the mess boys with no parents would make on an island. She responded that she liked the idea, so Golding sat down and started writing his first novel (Tiger 22). As he

Lord of the Flies

1607 words - 6 pages stealing fire from Ralph's group. With the loss of the fire, its beacon of hope and knowledge is no longer present to guide Ralph who must then be constantly reminded by Piggy of what is right. The breaking and stealing of the specs by Jack show a slow and inescapable descent into anarchy and evil. Simon goes to the clearing and sees the sow's head on the stick. He calls it Lord of the Flies because hundreds of flies are eating the flesh

Similar Essays

Simon As Christ In Lord Of The Flies

896 words - 4 pages Simon as Christ in Lord of the Flies     The role of the prophet changes with the society in which he lives. In modern society, a prophet is a visionary, telling people what they can become; in Biblical times, a prophet was the voice of God, telling his people what they had to become to fulfill their covenant with God.  In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the prophet is a peaceful lad, Simon.  He alone saw that the jungle

Lord Of The Flies: Simon As A Christ Figure

604 words - 2 pages The character of Simon in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies has often been viewed as the Christ figure of the novel. If you were to examine the actions of both Simon and Jesus, you would find a number of incidents that parallel each other.      One of the first things that Simon does that depicts a Christ-like action, is found in chapter 3 when he helps the littluns get fruit, “Simon found for them the fruit they

Lord Of The Flies Character Analysis Essay (Simon)

1126 words - 5 pages 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?” (Golding 145) Simon knows there is nothing else he can do but face the Beast itself. Simon finally has the proof he needs to tell the boys about the

The Deaths Of Simon And Piggy In The Lord Of The Flies By Golding

1379 words - 6 pages The Deaths of Simon and Piggy in The Lord of the Flies by Golding Simon's death was not a complete accident. You could find excuses for his death and explain it as an accident but there are key people who began the process. The littluns who started the 'beast' or 'snake thing' craze are the main cause; none of them would listen to reason, now that they 'knew' that there was a beast on the island although the biguns