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Kindness in an Unkind World

Being a kind-hearted person in a savage world is not an easy thing to do. The savage world will usually get through to the kind person and change them into a monster, but not Simon. Throughout William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, Simon is the boy who remains good even when the rest of the world remains cruel. Simon is a quiet boy in the story who shows wisdom and civilization, on an uncivilized and savage island. Simon is first introduced when Ralph calls an assembly with the conch in the first chapter. We learn early he is epileptic, but is also a hard worker. When the children of the island start to turn against one another, Simon remains cool and kind-hearted through it all. Simon believes being civilized is the only way to get off of the island. He believes if they are to be rescued they must concentrate on the necessities such as fire and shelter. This is why he believes Ralph should be leader, without Ralph leading the group would be doomed, Simon himself says this about having Jack as the leader of the group, not Ralph “If Jack was chief he’d have all hunting and no fire. We’d be here until we died” (93) He believes hunting should not be a priority; he believes being rescued is the number one priority. This is why he believes Ralph is the true leader throughout the book, he even tells Ralph to “Go on being chief” (93). He promotes civilization, and also works hard to make sure they eventually find their way back to civilization. Throughout the story Simon does many acts to help out those who need it. In the first few chapters, Simon helps littluns get fruit that is too high for them to reach. Simon also helps Ralph put up shelters, and he is the only one to actually help Ralph build the shelters. In the end, howev... ... middle of paper ... ...kind, but his downfall is inability to express how he feels, and in the end he is killed by the savages of the island. Works Cited Baker, James. “The Decline of Lord of the Flies.” South Atlantic Quarterly Vol. LXIX No. V (1970): p. 446-60 Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. ed. Sharon R. Gunton and Gerald J. Senic. Vol. 17. Detroit: Gale, 1981. 157-181. Capey, A.C. “‘Will’ and ‘Idea’ in ‘Lord of the Flies’. Granada Publishing Limited. Vol. 24. No. 2. (1972): p. 99-107. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. ed. Sharon R. Gunton and Gerald J. Senic. Vol. 17. Detroit: Gale, 1981. 157-181. Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Penguin, 2006. Print Spitz, David. “Power and Authority: An Interpretation of Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’.” The Antioch Review. Vol. 30, No. 1. (1970): p. 21-33.
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