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weee1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 18, 2008 at 5:39 PM via web

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Any parallels between the characters and Jesus in "Lord of the Flies" ?

In "Lord of the Flies", can you make any parallels between the characters and Jesus? (Religious metaphors)

Simon, Jack, Piggy or Ralph.. just one ?

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sampiper22 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 18, 2008 at 6:03 PM (Answer #1)

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Simon is the character who is most often compared to Christ because of his death in the chapter A View to a Death. In this chapter, Simon has just had his revelatory "conversation" with the Lord of the Flies, the pig's head left in the clearing as an offering / sacrifice to the Beast. After this conversation / delusion Simon discovers that the thing that Sam and Eric took to be the beast was in fact a dead parachutist.

Armed with this knowledge, which would free the boys from the tyranny of fear that had gripped them, Simon fights his way through the jungle and into the middle of one of Jack's celebration dances for having killed the sow (who was also the Lord of the Flies). Perhaps deliberately, in order to stop the truth of the beast being made known and reducing his own power, or perhaps in a tragic accident, Jack and his hunters proceed to kill Simon and throw his body into the sea.

Personally, I do not agree with the Christ-like connection with Simon. Unlike Christ's sacrifice, Simon's death (which is nothing like a willing sacrifice) does nothing to save the boys and in fact sends them deeper into savagery and self-destruction. His foresight and understanding that the beast is within us all is accurate and telling but makes him more like a prophet (perhaps Cassandra who was given the gift of prophect along with the curse that noone would ever believe her by Apollo).

Simon is however the most civil throughout whilst also being most comfortable in the jungle.

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richi-mata-the-awesome | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 10, 2011 at 4:30 AM (Answer #2)

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Simply becausse he was martyred, was the moral one, had an encounter with the lord of the flies, and was killed.  When He was killed piggy and some other guy just made excuses or "washed their hands" like Pontious Pilate and was betrayed by his friends just like jesus was betrayed by paul and judas.

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