In "Lord of the Flies", can you explain to me Simon's attitude towards nature?

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Simon is the most mystical character in the novel, and, like most spiritualists, finds peace and solace in the beauty of the natural world. In fact, he must periodically return to nature in order to clear his head and maintain the clear perspective he holds. In a poignant encounter with nature in chapter three, Simon experiences an epiphany:

Simon dropped the screen of leaves back into place. The slope of the bars of honey-colored sunlight decreased; they slid up the bushes, passed over the green candle-like buds, moved up toward the canopy, and darkness thickened under the trees. With the fading of the light the riotous colors died and the heat and urgency cooled away. The candle-buds stirred, their green sepals drew back a little and the white tips of the flowers rose delicately to meet the open air.

Now the sunlight had lifted clear of the open space and withdrawn from the sky. Darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the trees till they were dim and strange as the bottom of the sea. The candle-buds opened their wide white flowers glimmering under the light that pricked down from the first stars. Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of the island.

Simon is often described as a Jesus figure, and here he seems very druidic. Simon's description seems to link the divine with the earthly, making them inseperable and one and the same thing. Simon is a visionary and mystic. This is just one example of his realization that we are all connected, all of the same divine spark.

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