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joanieandamy | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 12, 2012 at 6:33 AM via web

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What role does Simon play in the conflict of savagery versus civilization the novel Lord of the Flies?

Writing a characterization essay and have already included general info and round, static and major character.

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 12, 2012 at 6:44 AM (Answer #1)

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While the other boys in Lord of the Flies are drawn to savagery and immoral behavior, Simon is different.  Unlike the other boys, Simon posses an innate goodness and inherent sense of morality which presents him as a prophet like character.  As Golding looks into the development of the other boys, who quickly jettison their civilized ways once they are far from their parents and social constructs, Simon holds true to his sense of right and wrong, not because he has to, but because he knows it's right.  This offers a stark contrast to the island's other boys. His death shows that, despite their previous actions, the boys do have guilt for killing one of their own and have not abandoned all of civilizations' values.

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