Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What are some quotes (including chapter/page number) from Simon in Lord of the Flies that really summarize who he is?

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Simon is an introspective, quiet, and kind character in Lord of the Flies. His kindness is apparent when he reaches up to pick fruit for the smaller children and when he goes down the slope to fetch Piggy's glasses after Jack knocks them off. It is one of the tragedies of the book that the group murder him, and just after he finds out the beast is in fact a part of them.

On page 137, in the chapter "Shadows and Tall Trees," Simon tells Ralph, "You'll get back all right. I think so, anyway." As Ralph contemplates later on in the novel, Simon says "you" and not "we." It is as if he knows that he is destined to die.

On page 110, in the chapter "Beast From Water," Simon says, "Maybe there is a beast. Maybe it's only us." He is intelligently suggesting that if there is a beast, the beast is inside each one of them, and if they are not careful, they will release it and cause havoc. It is another prophetic statement from a character who is at times almost Christ-like in his behavior.

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