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What are some quotes ( and page numbers ) from Lord of the Flies that shows Simon's personality?

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Page numbers are going to be difficult.  I don't know which version of the book that you have, so chances are that my page numbers and yours won't match up perfectly.  I can get you relatively close though.  

Page 72 in my text.  For sure in chapter 3. Here is the quote:

"They talk and scream. The littluns. Even some of the others. As if—"

"As if it wasn't a good island."

Astonished at the interruption, they looked up at Simon's serious face.

"As if," said Simon, "the beastie, the beastie or the snake-thing, was real. Remember?"

Simon is a tough character to analyze.  I've always thought he was more weird than anything else.  I mean he's always saying some weird things.  Of course that makes sense since Golding is presenting Simon as a sort of prophet figure.  There is no doubt that Simon knows things.  He knows them by feelings first, but his feelings are always confirmed.  He is the first boy to realize that the beast is both real and fake at the same time.  It's not a real physical beast; the beast is the power for destruction in all of them. The above quote is Simon already hinting that the island itself might be making very real monsters of a sort.  

Page 159.  Chapter 7

“You’ll get back to where you came from.”

Returning to what I said earlier about Simon being a prophet of sorts is this quote.  Simon is talking to Ralph about getting off of the island.  Simon actually says the above multiple times in a few variations, but it is always the same in concept.  Ralph will get home.  Simon never says "we."  In a way, Simon is predicting a future outcome that is, in his mind, absolute.  Ralph will live, Simon will die.  

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