Simon Character Notes Lord of the Flies


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Lord of the flies - suggested watching. The 1963 film, despite being old fashioned, actually follows the book much more closely than the 1990 film. See the YouTube video here:

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Simon Character Notes Lord of the Flies

  1. 1. William GoldingImages from Lord of the Flies 1963 film. Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  2. 2. Character Notes Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  3. 3.  Simon is one of Jack’s Choirboys. He faints in the heat at the very beginning and is often seen as being strange by the others. The only boy who discovers the truth about the beast. Main actions in the novel:  Has a fit as he marches along the beach in the choir.  Goes exploring with Ralph and Jack.  Goes off alone into the forest.  Gives a piece of meat to Piggy.  Conversation with the ‘Lord of the flies’, and faints after doing so.  Discovers the dead parachutist on the mountain-top.  Killed when he discovers the truth about the beast. Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  4. 4.  Simon alone helps Ralph to build shelters while the other boys go off to play or to hunt. ‘All day I’ve been working with Simon. No one else. They’re off bathing, or eating, or playing,’ Ralph Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  5. 5.  Very supportive of Ralph as a Chief – he is loyal to Ralph, and wants him to go on being chief.‘Simon stirred in the dark.’‘Go on being Chief’Simon Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  6. 6.  Stands up and protects Piggy when Jack is nasty towards him. When Jack breaks Piggy’s glasses, Simon finds them and hands them back to him. Jack won’t give Piggy meat, so Simon gives him his own. ‘...Simon, who got there first, found them for him. Passions beat about Simon on the mountain-top with awful wings.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  7. 7.  Popular with the littluns. He stops and picks high fruit for them from the trees – they follow him into the forest. He is a Christ-like figure for them to follow. ‘...pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  8. 8.  He wants to share what he has found out about the beast with the others, to set their minds at ease. The irony is that he wants to reassure them, but this leads him to his death. ‘The beast was harmless and horrible, and the news must reach the others as soon as possible.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  9. 9.  Simon seems to enjoy being ‘utterly alone’. He leaves the bright beach and walks purposefully off into the dark jungle, and we are not told why. His little haven is like a church where he worships. ‘Then he turned his back on this and walked into the forest with an air of purpose’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  10. 10.  He wanders off into the forest at strange hours, when he wants to be alone. A littlun sees him moving around in the trees after dark and thinks he is the beast. ‘I wanted – to go to a place – a place I know.’ Simon Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  11. 11.  Offers to go back across the island alone in the dark to tell Piggy that the big boys will not be back till late after hunting the beast. All the other boys would be scared to go alone, so this shows his courage and his wish to be alone. ‘I’ll go if you like. I don’t mind, honestly.’Simon Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  12. 12.  Goes up the mountain on his own to look for the beast. Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  13. 13.  Simon has difficulties in expressing himself. When exploring, Simon shows his excitement for their surroundings by shyly stroking Ralph’s arm. ‘Simon stroked Ralph’s armshyly, and they had to laugh again.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  14. 14.  Hates speaking aloud in front of the other boys. Simon feels they should know his opinion on the beast, however he cannot express himself and the others laugh at him, causing him to withdraw and shrink back. When he says they should climb the mountain the ‘pressure of the assembly’ stops him from explaining himself properly. ‘...a perilous necessity to speak; but to speak in an assembly was a terrible thing to him.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  15. 15.  The first thing we learn about Simon is that he is the choirboy who faints on the beach when the choir stop marching. It has happened before- Jack is dismissive and says he’s always fainting.He’s always throwing afaint....he did in Gib.; and Addis; and at matins over the precentor.’Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  16. 16.  He is not as old or tall as the biguns, but not as small as the littluns. He is skinny. Jack and Ralph get him to walk between them then they can talk over his head. If Simon walks in themiddle of us...then wecan talk over his head.’Ralph Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  17. 17.  Loses consciousness when he is in the clearing with the pig’s head. He has a nosebleed before coming round, which alleviates some of the pressure in his head as his ‘fit passed.’ ‘Simon was inside the mouth. He fell down and lost consciousness.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  18. 18.  People have often said that Simon represents a Jesus-like figure in this book.  Does nothing to harm people  Hands out food to the littluns  Makes a foreseeing / foreshadowing announcement  Dies for telling the truth ‘What I mean is...maybe it’s only us.’ Simon Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  19. 19.  The conversation between Simon and the Lord of the Flies could be looked upon as a confrontation between good and evil. Lord of the Flies: Beelzebub – another name for the devil Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  20. 20.  The descriptions of Simon often have a religious / spiritual twist to them.  The candle buds as he sits alone in the forest – They remind us of a peaceful candle-lit church.  After death, the descriptions of his body as it is washed out to sea give a heavenly impression. ‘The line of his cheek silvered and the turn of his shoulder became sculpted marble’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  21. 21.  The others think he is weird and strange, and call him names. Piggy says he’s cracked. Even Ralph becomes impatient with Simon at times during the novel. ‘He’s queer. He’s funny.’ Ralph Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  22. 22.  Believes, and is confident in the fact that they will be rescued. Tells Ralph that he will go home (IRONY: Simon himself is killed). Ralph is comforted after being initially scornful. ‘You’re batty.’ ‘No, I’m not. I just think Ralph you’ll get back all right -.’ Simon Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  23. 23.  Has a conversation with The Lord of the Flies in the form of a pig’s head. All the things said are coming from within Simon’s head. This shows us that he knows the truth – that the evil is inside each and every one of us. ‘You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! Lord of the Flies Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  24. 24.  Joins Jack and Ralph’s discussion about the littluns’ nightmares. His comment makes the others think. Ralph agrees with what he has to say. ‘As if it wasn’t a good island.’ Simon Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  25. 25.  He is very aware of, and very sensitive to people’s emotions and hostility amongst the boys which occur when arguments break out. He feels surrounded by passions. ‘Passions beat about Simon on the mountain-top with awful wings.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  26. 26.  Never thinks of the beast as a living, breathing creature which lives in the forest. Feels a ‘flicker of incredulity’ when he goes along with the other boys to try and hunt down the beast. He tries on several occasions to explain how he connects the beast to humans, but they don’t understand him. ‘What I mean is...maybe it’s only us.’ Simon Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  27. 27.  The boys use their bare hands and teeth to tear at Simon’s flesh and beat him to death. Even Piggy and Ralph are involved in this animalistic savagery. Shows us what even the most decent human beings are capable of – this is the beginning of open savagery and murder on the island. ‘There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013