Considering Golding's description of it, how is Simon's place in the jungle significant to his character?
Simon first goes to his quiet place in the jungle in chapter three, "Huts on the Beach." Golding fills the scene with vivid detail and lush imagery depicting the vegetation and growth of the jungle:
"Flower and fruit grew together and everywhere was the scent of ripeness and the booming of a million bees at pasture" (56).
Golding reveals Simon's place in the jungle as a contrast between light and dark. The boy wades through the shade of the jungle, where "the air was dark too, and the creepers dropped their ropes like the rigging of foundered ships" to a place "where more sunshine fell" (56). The creepers are so dense on the jungle floor that they make a thick, woven mat, and the area is surrounded by dark fragrant bushes.
Simon listens to the pulse of the jungle from his quiet place, reflecting on the sounds of nature and the beat of the sea breaking on the reef far away. Golding's rich detail and imagery portrays the island as a living organism, rich and complex; Simon's communion in the jungle reveals his appreciation for nature. He is not out there to destroy or kill like Jack, but rather goes to sit reverently and listen. This scene in chapter three reveals Simon's sensitivity, insight, and basic goodness in his perception and appreciation of the natural environment.