Character Development of Simon

By: Iswariya, Dheera, Aditya


3 Stages of Change:
  • Stage 1: Caring
    • Simon helps the littluns because he feels sympathy.
  • Stage 2: Selfless
    • When the workload increases, Simon volunteers to help unconditionally does the right thing because it is the right thing to do.
  • Stage 3: Spiritual
    • Simon is in touch with his humane nature. When he needs to help the others, he looks within himself for the answer.

Stage 1: Caring

  • Stage 1: Caring
    • “‘A fat lot you tired,’ said Jack contemptuously. ‘You just sat.’ ‘We used his specs,’ said Simon, smearing a black cheek with his forearm. ‘He helped that way.’” (Goldman 42)
      • Simon feels the need to defend the defenseless; this shows his how he is willing to be ridiculed to help those who cannot protect themselves.
    • “‘People don’t help much.’ He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were. ‘Simon. He helps.’ He pointed at the shelters. ‘All the rest rushed off.’” (Goldman 54)
      • This quote reveals that Simon’s attitude and work does not go unnoticed. Ralph can vouch for Simon’s caring personality

    • “Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for [the littluns] the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands.” (Goldman 56)
      • Simon helped all of the littluns when they needed help. Simon is easily able to connect with the kids who are lost.

Stage 2: Selfless

  • "All day I’ve been working with Simon. No one else. They’re off bathing, or eating, or playing.” (Golding 50).

    • This example shows Simon’s dedication and selflessness as he constantly works even when the other kids are out playing

  • “Simon was not in the bathing pool as they had expected.”( Golding 55)

    • This quote shows how Simon was selfless and he constantly worked without relaxing like the other kids.

  • “He went crouching and feeling over the rocks but Simon, who got there first, found them for him”(Golding 71).

    • In this scene, Jack slaps Piggy and knocks his glasses off, and Simon helps him find his glasses

Stage 3: Spiritual

Simon is very sympathetic towards nature and spirits.

  • “What I mean is … maybe it’s only us” (Golding 82).

    • Simon tells the boys that the beast could be in their minds. He tells them that it could be there savageness instead of an an actual creature. Simon understands that the beast is in their minds. He is not as savage as the other boys when they hunt and he understands the risk of savagery.

  • You knew, Didn’t you ? I’m part of you? Close ,close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things they are what they are?” ( Golding 133).

    • Simon realizes that the beast is really inside of them and it is not something that can be hunted down.

“Once Simon found the dead pilot he knew he had to tell the others to be aware. “

Simon understands what the pig represents and by finding the pilots body he proves that he knows what is going to end up happening to everybody. He is the only one that knows people are going to end up dying.

Concluding Thoughts

Christ Figure: A Christ figure, also known as a Christ-Image is a literary technique that the author uses to draw allusions between their characters and the biblical Jesus Christ.

Simon, is portrayed as a Christ-figure because he similars qualities compared to Christ has:

  • intelligence,
  • determination,
  • resilience.


  • he is skinny
  • not a strong person.
  • very calm,
  • kind,
  • enjoyed being alone whenever he could.


Simon dies on water that is calm, peaceful, and pure, the light reflects off the water gives a feeling of holiness,. The way he floated with his arms stretched out as if he was on the cross as Jesus was.

Discussion Questions:

1. Prior to Simon’s encounter with the Lord of the Flies, what leads us to believe that Simon represents the innate good in society?

2. Does the innate good in Simon make him more or less human?

3. What other than age requirements made Ralph and Jack trust Simon in the beginning when he was asked to go to investigate the island?

4. How are Ralph and Simon good in different ways?

5. Why do you think Jack and Ralph specially chose Simon for the scouting mission?

6. What does the conch shell symbolize?

7. What were some of Simon’s drawbacks?

8. Is Simon aware of all the religious symbolism that we claim he’s associated with?