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Simon the Christ Figure References to various religions in novels are made to help the author illustrate to the reader the situation in which he has placed his characters In The Lord of the Flies William Golding uses biblical allusion to enhance the readers perspective on the story In events and metaphors the character Simon stands out as the Christ figure and the Beast plays the part of the Devil As Simon is out walking he comes across a group of small children trying to reach fruit hanging from the higher branches of the tree Here the littluns who had run after him had caught up with him They talked cried out unintelligibly lugged him toward the trees Then amid the roar of the bees in the afternoon sunlight Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage passed them back to the endless outstretched hands When he had satisfied them he paused and looked round The littluns watched him inscrutably over double handfuls of ripe fruit 56 In giving them the fruit until they are satisfied Simon recreates the event in which Christ multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the poor until they were contented After this Simon disappears from the others to be alone and begins to have feelings that something is wrong He starts to have premonitions of the Beast The Lord of the Flies When the boys set off in a party to find the Beast on the mountain Simon starts to see a vision of what they will find Simon felt a flicker of incredulity -- a beast with claws that scratched that sat on a mountain-top that left no tracks and yet was no fast enough to catch Samneric However Simon thought of the beast there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick 103 Simon has a
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