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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 "Then one of the boys flopped on his face in the sand and the line broke up. They heaved the fallen boyto the platform and let him lie." (Golding, 20)."'He's always throwing a faint,' said Merridew. 'He did in Gib.; and Addis; and at matins over the precentor.'" (Jack, 20). "Then one of the boys flopped on his face in the sand and the line broke up. They heaved the fallen boyto the platform and let him lie." (Golding, 20)."'He's always throwing a faint,' said Merridew. 'He did in Gib.; and Addis; and at matins over the precentor.'" (Jack, 20). In The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, he introduces two characters that are completely different from each other. It contrasts to how one of the characters is completely selfless and willing to help others, and another character that purposely wants to hurt others for the pleasure of it. Simon vs Roger Simon vs Roger This is the first time we ever meet Simon. We find out that he constantly faints, and that everyone in the choir, especially Jack, are used to this. From the tone and words that Jack uses, he doesn't care at all. I think that there could be multiple reasons to why Simon faints so much. It could be from dehydration because maybe they haven't been able to get enough water or get any. It could also be from fear of not knowing where they are, and how they got stuck on the island. "There was a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy. He muttered that his name was Roger and he was silent again" (Golding, 22). Roger seems like an extremely shy person, and obviously he does not want to be noticed at all. We can see how throughout the book, this thought changes dramatically. Roger stopped, picked up a stone, aimed, and threw it at Henry--threw it to miss (62). Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw (62). When Roger is about to throw the rocks at Henry, he thinks about everyone and how they would react to it. He thinks about the police officers, his family, or any other people that would be disappointed if he did such a thing. That is what holds him back,but how long will it be before that certain mindset breaks? "The boys round Simon giggled, and he stood up, laughing a little. Now that the pallor of his faint was over, he was a skinny, vivid little boy, with a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and coarse" (24). This is the main introduction of Simon we get, and its mainly just about his characteristics and traits. We learn that he is a skinny boy, but strong. He has black, straight hair, but it looks really rough. He sighed. Other people could stand up and speak to an assembly, apparently, without that dreadful feelingof the pressure of personality; could saywhat they would as though they were speaking to only one person (103). Simon does not like to talk in front of a crowd because he is completely scared about what they would think of him. He is very socially awkward, and it really affects him in the book. Roger remained, watching the littluns. He was not noticeably darker than when he dropped in, but the shock of black hair, down his nape and low on his forehead, seemed to suit his gloomy face and made what had seemed at first an unsociable remoteness into something forbidding (60). Roger seems like he is very observant when it comes to the other kids, especially the littluns. If he does have some sort of a gloomy looking face, then it could be portraying his attitude also. High overhead, Roger, with a senseof delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever (180). Roger forgot about that certain type of mindset, and went along with his first instinct. That was to let a great, big rock fall of the top of the cliff. They were black and iridescent green and without number; and in front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned.At last Simon gave up and looed back; saw thewhite teeth and dim eyes, the blood and his gaze was held by the ancient, inescapable recognition. In Simons right temple, a pulse began to beat on the brain (138). All of the flies were on the dead pigs head. He then started picturing it as a real life figure that is laterdescribed to be the beast. “’You dont know Roger. Hes a terror’” (Sam, 189).“’And the chieftheyre both—‘” (Ralph, 189).“’—terrors—‘” (Samneric, 189).“’—only Roger—‘” (Samneric, 189). Roger is told to be even worse then Jack. It is probably because they both kill for different reasons. Jack kills justbecause he doesnt like Ralph, and he wants him gone. Roger kills because he does it for the pleasure, and hejust likes it. Roger is a lot more dangerous then Jack,and he was the reason Piggy was gone. He was evengoing for Ralph, but Ralph had escaped too quickly. Simons head wobbled. His eyes were half closed as though he were imitatingthe obscene thing on the stick. He knewthat one of his times was coming on.The Lord of the Flies was expanding like a balloon (143). Simons dead body moved out toward the open sea (154). Simon had died because the other boys thought that he was the actual beast. He ended up in the riverthe next second, and he was bleeding. “’Roger sharpened a stick at both ends’’ (Samneric, 190). Roger is directing this quote towards Ralph. He wants to kill Ralph, and for him to be gone. Simon is known for fainting, and just having problems with things like that. This could possibly be him having a hallucination of the Lord of the Flies, which comes out to be the Beast. Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. Hudson City: Penguin Group, n.d. Print.
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