In "Lord of the Flies," when Simon is in the jungle, how does William Golding use light in this section?

Expert Answers
ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Golding uses light in an usual way in this section. Usually light is associated with insight and truth. However, in this section, Simon tries to get out of the light and into a covered hiding place where he gains insight into the situation. When enters the darkened hiding spot, "the heat and urgency cooled away." When the sunlight was gone, it allowed the white flowers of the candle-buds to open and fill the air with their wonderful scent. White is often used as a symbol for purity. In this case it seems to represent purity of thought that Simon enjoys in his darkened shelter. The sunlight in this passage is associated with the heat of the bickering going on between Ralph, Jack and the other boys and the "urgency" Ralph keeps using to get the boys to build the shelters. The darkness allows Simon's emotions to cool down so he can begin to see the beauty of the jungle and understand what really needs to be done---especially the thought that Ralph must be a better leader.

aakashk | Student

Simon, as stated in another question, is meant to represent the faith that is remaining on the island.

 Golding's use of light signifies that Simon is the "one" ... the person that is "purest" and most "sensible"

These ideas help us, the readers, examine possible roles Simon may play in the near future. Another thing to notice is how Simon caresses around the candle-bud plants, which further signifies his purity and innocence.

Read the study guide:
Lord of the Flies

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question