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Lord of the Flies Christian Symbolism Lord of the Flies is an allegoric novel meaning that the characters and the environment have an indirect symbolic meaning This is especially true with the case of Simon and the island the boys are stranded on Simon symbolizes a Christ figure on the island while the island itself represents a sort heaven on Earth But these depictions are not complete and are not meant to be the main focus of the novel Simon as a character is much different than the other boys namely Ralph and Jack Simon represents an intrinsic spiritual goodness because he acts morally not out of some guilt or shame but because he believes in its inherent value This behavior parallels that of Christ who is innately perfect Although Simon in not a perfect being many events in his life do correlate Simon is the only boy that dawns upon the moral truth when he propounds What I mean is maybe it is only us 89 Also Simons conversation with the Lord of the Flies who symbolizes primordial chaos and terror is a suggestion of the conversation in which Satan tempts Christ The invidious Lord of the Flies tempts Simon by saying There isnt anyone to help you Only me And Im the Beast Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill You knew didnt you Im part of you Close close close Im the reason why its no go Why things are the way they are 143 One last allusion to Christ through Simon comes from his death a sacrificial death by the ignorant yet brutal boys that do not want to see the truth behind Simons words Simon is not the only source of Biblical allusions though as the island itself mimics Christian beliefs The island that the boys are stranded on seems to symbolize Christian belief on two different levels as heaven and hell The
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