What are some examples of Simon being a Christ-like figure in Lord of the Flies?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Simon is a mystic figure in Lord of the Flies. Golding himself admitted that he intended to create Simon as a Christlike figure in his allegory

Unlike the other boys, Simon is inherently good, and he does not fall away from morality. (Even Ralph and Piggy do nothing to protect Simon at the time he is beaten and killed.) Moreover, he has a spiritual apprehension of truths that the others do not possess. Much like a mystic, Simon seeks a place for meditation. He finds a clearing in the foliage, and, after assuring himself that he is alone, he meditates in Christlike fashion. Simon intuitively understands the inherent evil of humankind, even though he has trouble putting this understanding into words. He has difficulty in his efforts to objectify this wickedness so that the boys can comprehend it. When he tries to explain, Simon asks the others to imagine the "dirtiest thing there is," but his effort fails because the laughter that follows Jack's suggestion of excrement "beat him cruelly and he shrank away" (Ch.5).

When the boys search for the beast that Samneric report having seen, it is the more spiritual Simon who doubts its existence as a creature "with claws that scratched." For as he contemplates the beast, "there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick"(Ch. 6).  It is this "inward sight" that leads him into the covert where he often meditates. This action is Christlike because in the Bible after Jesus was baptized, the Spirit "immediately" led Him into the wilderness (Mark 1:13). While Simon is in the covert, the hunters do not see him as they leave the sow's head there for the beast as "a gift."  After the others leave, Simon remains and regards the sow's head.

The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life. They assured Simon that everything was a bad business.
"I know that." (Simon replies.)

 Much like Jesus, Simon recognizes evil and the Devil. However, when he returns to the others to tell them of his experiences, Simon himself is mistaken for the beast, and he is killed. As a Christlike figure, Simon becomes a sacrificial victim who dies after trying to bring his message to others.

sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The connections start with his name.  Simon is a reference to Simon Peter from the Bible, who was one of the disciples.  He has a conversation with the pig's head, the "Lord of the Flies", which is another name for Beezlebub, which is another name for Satan. 

Simon, like Christ, is portrayed as kind, compassionate, and peaceful.  Also, early in the story, he is shown as a provider of food - providing fruit in the way that Christ provided bread:

"Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for the fruit they could not reach... passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands."

Like Christ, Simon is a prophet, who gains insight into what the beast of the island really is.  When he tries to bring this knowledge to the people, he is slaughtered by his own kind - in the way that Christ was crucified.

podunc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Like Christ, Simon is an innocent, but is brutally killed by the hunters. He also seems to have a keen sense of insight that is almost prophetic in nature. He alone understands that "the beast is only us"--meaning that the uncivilized and uncontrolled behavior of the boys will be what destroys them.

The scene when Simon is "tempted" by the Lord of the Flies (the pig's head on a stick) can also be compared to the passage when Christ is temped by Satan in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 4. The Lord of the Flies is a reference to "Beelzebub," a synonym for Satan. 

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