Simon is distinguished early in the novel for his attention to nature combined with a rich imagination. As they have no paper, he suggests using tree bark to write on, and he calls some bushes “candle trees.” He is a serious, responsible boy who helps Ralph build the shelters and doubts that the beast exists.
Simon’s attachment to nature is directly opposed to his involvement in the island's society. He soon develops the habit of wandering off alone, and Golding’s narrator makes it clear that he is used to doing so at home: “He walked with an accustomed tread through the acres of fruit trees….” He is generous and helps the younger children get fruit.
Simon values both his own privacy and the protection that the forest provides. He finds not only solitude but seclusion in the woods. The candles reappear, now in full bloom, when he finds a secret hideaway that is like a “little cabin” beneath some twisted creepers and bushes. He is at harmony with nature and does not feel...
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