Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Physical: Simon's first appearance has him fainting from the heat. Apparently shorter than Ralph, Simon is described by Golding:
He was a small, skinny boy, his chin pointed, and his eyes so bright they had deceived Ralph into thinking him delightfully gay and wicked. The coarse mop of black hair was long and swung down, almost concealing a low, broad forehead... [he was] Always darkish in color...
Involvement: Simon is an introverted boy who cannot find it bearable to speak in front of the assembly. The boys all think that he's "batty"; he likes to be by himself and sometimes does and says strange things. Simon is the only boy who discovers what the Beast truly is. He learns this during the "interview" with the Lord of the Flies. When he tries to tell the rest of the children he is mistaken as the Beast and beaten to death. Simon is often seen as a Christ figure in the novel.
- Chapter Summaries
- Character Analysis
- Important Quotes
- The Map