How does Simon demonstrate the theme of heroism in the novel Lord of the Flies?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Simon demonstrates the theme of heroism in Lord of the Flies through his selflessness and compassion.  Golding characterizes Simon as being extremely compassionate throughout the novel.  When Piggy gets knocked down by Jack, Simon is the first to attend the other boy, helping him recover his broken glasses.  When Simon makes his way through the jungle to his hidden place, he stops and helps the littluns pick "the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands" (56).  Simon consistently thinks of others first.  He comforts Ralph when the other boy feels anxious, telling him "you'll get back all right" (111).  Golding creates a tragic character in Simon; readers admire his giving nature and selfless attitude and mourn his senseless death.