Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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Simon finds a secluded place in the high jungle where he can be alone. What do you think this indicates about Simon? chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies

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In Golding's Lord of the Flies, Simon goes to a secluded bower to meditate.  This incident occurs at the end of Chapter 3, and the description of Simon's journey to the bower forms a stark contrast to Jack's journey into the woods to hunt.  To better understand what this event reveals about Simon's character, it is a good idea to examine how it contrasts to the description of Jack.  Chapter 3 opens with Jack down on all fours, tracking the wild boars.  He notices the trails that the pigs have made, examines the bushes, and smells the animal droppings.  His skin is sunburned, and his eyes are nearly mad with obsession and frustration.

In contrast, Simon walks gently into the forest, stopping to pick fruit for the little ones who gather round him.  He, like Jack, knows nature well, but unlike Jack, Simon is unafraid of nature.  He enjoys the sights and sounds of the butterflies, the waves of the ocean, the candlebuds.  In fact, Simon is in harmony with nature.  His skin turns a dark brown, and his pulse matches that of the ocean's waves.  When he crawls into his bower, he is at one with nature and totally content.

In this chapter, Golding is beginning to establish Simon as a Christ figure.  He is kind, compassionate, thoughtful, and appreciative of nature's gifts.  Jack, in contrast, is angry, compulsive, and intent on killing.  His stance on all fours foreshadows his animalistic and savage nature--characteristics not present in Simon.

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