Explain the Meaning of Simon’s confrontation with the Lord o

Explain the Meaning of Simon’s confrontation with the Lord o

In the previous chapters, the reader becomes aware that Simon is possibly one of the least physically able within the island. However, we understand him to be the strongest boy in terms of mental and emotional strength. Throughout the book, he is constantly surrounded with symbols of peace, beauty and light; contrasting the images portrayed by the other boys around him. So when Jack and his hunters put the head of their hunt on a spike in the ground in “Simon’s place,’ the high contrasts of light and peace with death and violence, give the reader a clear indication that something immoral may take place later on within the novel. The section of chapter eight, where the confrontation between Simon and the Lord of the Flies occurs, is first introduced with the dialect, “You are a silly, little boy,’ said the Lord of the Flies.’ This is highly ironic because the reader is aware that Simon is completely the opposite of what he has been described. Also, the reader understands that “The Lord of the Flies,’ is merely a pig’s head on a stick, so this is a sign that Simon may be about to have an epileptic fit. This fact is further strengthened later when “Simon moved his swollen tongue but said nothing.’ In the next paragraph, “The Lord of the Flies,’ says, “you’d better run off and play with the others. They think you’re batty. You don’t want Ralph to think you’re batty do you.’ This sounds as if “The Lord of the Flies’ is in reality Simon’s conscience, and that the violence and distress that has occurred around him during his time on the island has had an affect on his mind, causing him to finally be overcome by this ordeal. “The Lord of the Flies,’ then goes on to say, “You like Ralph a lot, don’t you? And piggy, and Jack.’ This tells the reader that even though Simon is very fond of Ralph and Piggy, as we already knew, he also admires Jack. From this we are able to understand that…


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