Yoseline Pena page 1Mrs. HoodHonors English 1031 January 2018The Evil LifeLiving in a world full of evil only makes it harder for the good, who want to help the evil, to succeed. In William Golding’s fictional novel, Lord of the Flies, Golding creates a wonderful, pure character named Simon. As the novel progresses the reader gets to witness his character development and how he didn’t let himself become savage. At the beginning Simon was easily picked out as being different. He was very kind and never let go of his morals because he continued to act the same until his death. After the boys are left on the island with zero adult supervision they begin to act less civil and turn to savagery. This is connected to Golding’s theme about human nature. He believed that humans turn to savagery when tempted because it is a deep rooted impulse. This proves to be untrue with Simon though because he acts kind to people when others don’t. This is seen after Jack let the fire burn out and Piggy began to tell him he shouldn’t have let the fire out. Because of the whole argument, Jack decides to hit Piggy’s head, throwing his glasses, humiliating Piggy while he looked for his glasses. “He went crouching and feeling over the rocks but Simon, who got there first, found them for him. Passions beat about Simon on the mountain-top with awful wings” (Golding 65). Simon was the only character who knew what was occurring to the boys as they page 2became even more savage. He remains very level-headed throughout his life, even after encountering the “beast” and the Lord of the Flies. Along the way Simon is still the kindhearted person he had always been. He refused to turn to savagery which takes him to meeting the Lord of the Flies. After Jack and his hunters kill a pig they cut its head off and place it on a sharpened stick as an offering to the “beast.” While him and his hunters are performing this cruel act, Simon sees the pig head and approaches it and begins to have a conversation with it. The Lord of the Flies calls Simon a “silly little boy” for thinking that the beast was something they could kill and hunt. The Lord of the Flies even told Simon that he was a part of him because he was referring to humans nature savagery. The Lord of the Flies even said “I’m warning you. I’m going to get angry. D’you see? You’re not wanted. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island! So don’t try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else-“(Golding 131). After that Simon fainted. Through the “conversation”, the Lord of the Flies is basically telling Simon to not get in the way of the boys savagery because he will be killed. He realizes that there isn’t a real beast but instead the beast is in the boys. At the end of Simon’s life he stayed kind and tried to warn his friends and save them. He finds out the identity of the “beast” on the mountaintop because he was determined to show the boys that it was nothing and they needed to face their fears. He finds out that it is a dead parachutist whose parachute had caused him to move. With this information he goes back to the boys but it was too late. The boys had become too savage to the point where they confused Simon as the beast. They brutally murdered him by clawing and biting him and literally ripping him up. When he was left dead on the sand the book states “The great wave of the tide moved farther along the island and the water lifted. Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon’s dead body moved out toward the sea”(Golding 140). After Simon’s devastating death it came to show the little amount of good left in the boys because they had been taken over by the bad. With Simon’s body moving out toward the sea it is trying to “cleanse” the boys of the bad that they just committed. Simon was the only good in the boys and with him gone they had turned into pure evil. The type of archetype Simon was, was the scapegoat. He pretty much took the blame for all the wrongdoings the boys did and it resulted with him dying. No one was able to control what was happening because it was him against all of the boys. Simon related to the overall message of the novel because it came to show that there was no space for good when human nature is naturally evil. The savagery was a progression with the boys and Simon’s death was one of the ultimate levels of savagery the boys could have reached. Simon’s character came to show that good things come to an end. Throughout all the bad there was some light, being Simon, but his death proved otherwise. From Simon’s life the reader learns that sometimes it is difficult to be the only good in a crowd of evil. But they also learn that it is better to be good because being evil will only leave you devastated in the end.