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In the book Lord of the Flies, what is Simon's propechy?

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britter828 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM via web

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In the book Lord of the Flies, what is Simon's propechy?

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM (Answer #1)

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In Lord of the Flies, Simon fulfills the role of a Christ figure--a symbol of goodness.  He is a messiah, a scapegoat, and a prophet.  As a prophet, he tells Ralph,

"I think you'll get back all right."

This prediction is made in Chapter 7, and Simon says it three times. Each time he makes this statement, he never varies the pronoun--it is always "you," not "we."  It's as if Simon is predicting his own death, which occurs in the next chapter,  and Ralph's rescue, which occurs at the novel's conclusion.

Ralph, when he first hears the prediction, claims that Simon is batty, but then he smiles at Simon, as if he knows that Simon is speaking the truth.


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honeyhunz | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM (Answer #2)

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Simon is supposed to be Jesus

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