Golding depicts Simon as a martyr-like figure in chapter nine of Lord of the Flies through Simon's discovery of the true nature of the beast and his tragic death. When Simon realizes that the horrible hunched figure on the mountain side is nothing more than a dead parachutist, his first thought is to tell the other boys of his tremendous discovery; his good heart and thoughtful concern for others drives him to make his way down the mountain, even though he is weakened by his earlier sick spell and several bouts of vomiting.
Golding portrays Simon as a character who puts others first before himself, so when the boys mistake Simon for the beast and brutally kill him, Simon's death almost seems sacrificial. Golding heightens this sacrificial imagery by providing Christ-like imagery of Simon as he drifts away in the surf, with his arms spread out in the moonlight. Had Simon not been so intent on spreading his message of truth about the nature of the beast, he might have lived.
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