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An Overview of the Various Religions in Novels and the Introduction to William Golding's Simon, the Christ Figure in The Lord of the Flies
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Simon the Christ Figure References to various religions in novels are made to help the author illustrate tothe reader the situation in which he has placed his characters In The Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding uses biblical allusion to enhance the readers perspective on the story Inevents and metaphors the character Simon stands out as the Christ figure and the Beastplays the part of the Devil As Simon is out walking he comes across a group of small children trying to reachfruit hanging from the higher branches of the treeHere the littluns who had run after him had caught up with him They talkedcried out unintelligibly lugged him toward the trees Then amid the roar of thebees in the afternoon sunlight Simon found for them the fruit they could not reachpulled off the choicest from up in the foliage passed them back to the endlessoutstretched hands When he had satisfied them he paused and looked round Thelittluns watched him inscrutably over double handfuls of ripe fruit 56In giving them the fruit until they are satisfied Simon recreates the event in which Christmultiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the poor until they were contented After thisSimon disappears from the others to be alone and begins to have feelings that something iswrong 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 tosee a vision of what they will findSimon felt a flicker of incredulity -- a beast with claws that scratched that saton a mountain-top that left no tracks and yet was no fast enough to catchSamneric However Simon thought of the beast there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick 103Simon has a direct premonition of one of the physical manifestations of the Beast
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