Contrast Simon's view of the island with Jack's

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InLord of the Fliesby William Golding, Simon's view of the island sharply contrasts with that of Jack's.  In chapter three, Simon ventures into the forest and is mesmerized by its verdant beauty and wildlife.  With an innate goodness that helps him connect with the nature, Simon sees the island as a thing of beauty, deserving of respect.

On the other hand, power-hungry Jack views the island as something to be conquered.  As Jack's savagery deepens, so does his thirst for violence and bloodshed.  Jack leads his hunters on killing parties, hunting for wild pigs; it is this love of violence combined with his power over the other boys that culminates in the slaughter of the first pig.  With the killing of that pig, Jack  feels power over the life-force of the island as well.  Jack perceives the island only as a threat to his superiority, a force to be subjugated under his will.

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