In what way is Simon considered different from the other boys throughout the novel Lord of the Flies?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Simon is the most symbolic character in this novel.  He is the Christ symbol, as he is the only one to see the reality of what is going on with the boys on this island. He is very giving, as well.  He is the only one who really helps Ralph build the shelters in the beginning. Then when the littluns need to eat, he takes them to the forest in chapter three and he

"found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless outstretched hands."

This was like Jesus when he fed the thousands.  He is the only one to be that giving.  Then he is the only one who knows that they must go to the top of the mountain to find out the truth about "the beast."  He knows the beast is really in them.  When he tells Ralph that's what they must do, he adds, "What else is there to do?"  He knows that they must find the truth. It's just a man on the mountain, and the "beast" is just a pig's "head on a stick."

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gmuss25 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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Unlike the other boys on the island, Simon is considered an outcast. Simon is called "batty" because he prefers to be alone, is quite clumsy and shy, and probably suffers from epilepsy. Despite Simon's unusual behavior, he is a very sympathetic individual and encourages Ralph throughout the novel. He also helps the littluns gather fruit and volunteers to travel through the forest alone to let Piggy know the location of the group. Unlike the other boys on the island, Simon does not fear the beast. Simon is the only boy brave enough to approach the beast at a close distance and understands its true nature. Simon realizes that the beast is humanity's inherent wickedness after he listens to the Lord of the Flies speak while he's hallucinating during a seizure. Unfortunately, Simon is mistaken for the beast and is brutally murdered before he can share the news with the other boys.


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