How is Simon a hero in Lord of the Flies? I have that he helps the other boys (picks fruit for the littuns, gets Piggy after Jack pushes him) and that he goes by himself to confront the beast. But I need one more example. 

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As suggested by your question, Simon represents many heroic qualities in Lord of the Flies; a further example of his heroic nature is his depth of perception and understanding.  Now, perception alone does not make a hero--Piggy is extremely intelligent but also extremely cowardly.  Simon, on the other hand, is extremely perceptive, seeing the island and the boys' situation there for what it is.  Unlike the other boys, Simon does not fear the dark or even the beast, really.  He walks fearlessly into the jungle during the night, whether it is to go to his 'special place' or to leave the other boys to go back to the beach with Piggy like he does when the boys go on their hunt for the beast.  Simon's understanding of the island and his perception of the natural world helps him to not be afraid of the jungle.  Ultimately, he is the first to understand the true nature of the beast, and even then he approaches the discovery with a decided pragmatism; he has a true heart for helping others and wants to be able to explain his new-found knowledge to the other boys, so they will no longer have to be afraid either.  Although Simon's practicality and perception may not be the flashiest of heroic traits, these characteristics enable Simon to overcome encounters with both the darkness of the jungle and the beast.

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