Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What does Simon fear in Lord of the Flies?

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Simon does not fear the beast that the others believe lurks on top of the mountain. In fact, he has no fear of outward harm. What he does fear is the beast within: the potential for evil that lies within the hearts of all humans. He fears what a turn to evil will do to the group.

Simon, a Christ figure, does what he can to serve the other boys. He is not interested in power the way Ralph is, and he is not simply concerned with his own survival. He shares with the others and even helps the youngest boys to get the "choicest" of the fruit he picks. He climbs in search of the monster in order to help...

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Simon is the least fearful of all the boys on the island. One can see this when Simon addresses the issue of a "beast" on the island. It is Simon that warns the boys of the internal threat that looms about the island.  But it is in his subconscious state in the presence of the Lord of the Flies that he realizes the terrible fate of the boys on the island. This event causes him to become fearful.

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