Lord of the Flies – Simon

Simon is a smaller boy, certainly younger than the other protagonists. He is a halfway between the imagination of the littluns and the wisdom of Piggy.

He is regarded as a spiritual figure in the novel, always associated with calm.

Importantly, he is the first to recognise that the greatest threat to the boys is the violence within them.

When Simon speaks, his words often have a spiritual quality. Thus, when he says, “You’ll get back to where you came from”, there is a dual meaning. On the one hand, he indicates his belief that the boys will get back to England; on the other, he metaphorically states his belief that their new-found savagery will not last.

It is interesting to note that Simon, like Piggy, is a physically weak boy – he cannot hope to stand up to Jack’s hunters.

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