English 9 Honors
Lord of the Flies Thesis
In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies a group of school boys from England are stranded on a deserted island where they learn about the evil of man’s heart. Simon, although very shy, is the symbol of light and truth, a Christ- figure. Even though he has a medical condition involving periodic fainting, he gives the others hope in the darkest of times and always tells the truth.
Simon overcomes many terrors while on the island, but the things he cannot conquer is his periodic fainting, shyness, and the perceptions the others have about him. Simon is asked if he believes in the beast at the meeting that was called after Samneric see the beast:
“You, Simon? You believe in this?”
“I don’t know,” said Simon. His heartbeats were choking him. “But…”
The storm broke out.
“Take the conch!”
“Hear him! He’s got the conch!”
“What I mean is… maybe it’s only us.”
The other’s perceptions of Simon come out at this point. They imply that Simon is wacky and bizarre. When Simon is conversing with the Beast he is feeling one of his episodes from his medical condition coming upon him: “Simon’s head wobbles. His eyes were half closed as though he were imitating the obscene thing on the stick. He knew that one of his times was coming on” (143). This is the first of many instances his medical condition comes out. This is also the first time the reader realizes that his condition is not a onetime thing as stated earlier in the last quote. When Simon is off with Ralph and Jack discovering the island at one point Golding puts in a very key word when it comes to Simon, shy: “Simon stroked Ralph’s arm shyly” (25). This one word sums up Simon’s personality on the outside. Shyness is one thing that he cannot get over and at many occasions it makes certain situations worse for him. These three horrors stop Simon from doing things to the best...