"You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?" (143)
The Lord of the Flies mocks Simon's perception; he understands earlier than all the other boys on the island the true nature of the beast. As a character, Simon represents insight and understanding. Throughout the novel, he seems to appreciate and understand events in a way that the other boys cannot. For example, he tells Ralph in chapter seven:
"You'll get back to where you came from" (111).
Even when Ralph insists that Simon is "batty," Simon just shakes his head and reaffirms his belief that Ralph will "get back all right" (111). This scene between Ralph and Simon reveals Simon's good-hearted belief and acceptance of Ralph as well as emphasizing Simon's intuition and foresight. Later, as Simon discovers the true nature of the beast on the mountain, his good will becomes more evident as his first thoughts are of letting the other boys know:
"As Simon thought this, he turned to the poor broken thing that sat stinking by his side. The beast was harmless and horrible; and the news must reach the others as soon as possible" (147).
Simon remains one of the most tragic characters of the novel, because of his good-will, open-minded acceptance of the other boys, and his gentle connection with the nature of the island; when the boys struggles to warn the others of his discovery and impart to them the great truth of the beast on the island, he is mistakenly killed for his efforts by Jack's savage dance. Golding uses Simon as a bearer of truth and insight; in many ways, his death becomes symbolic of the savage's ignorance, their willful killing without knowledge or insight.