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What figurative language describes Simon in The Lord of the Flies?

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Much of the figurative language that William Golding uses in describing Simon employs metaphor.

Simon is described in a straightforward way in several places: he is a short, dark-complexioned boy with straight black hair. In chapter 1, Golding uses the metaphor of a "hut" to describe the shape his hair makes:

[H]e was a skinny, vivid little boy, with a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and coarse.

Simon has a generous, helpful nature. When Piggy’s specs fly off, Simon finds them (chapter 4). Piggy’s emotions are personified, and metaphor is also employed.

Simon, who got there first, found them for him. Passions beat about Simon on the mountain-top with awful wings.

Simon is also shy and dreads speaking in public. When he tries to explain that the beast is not real, he finds it difficult to speak (chapter 5). When the other boys loudly ridicule his ideas, he is distressed, as shown with the metaphor “Simon's effort fell about him in ruins.”

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