Simon the Martyr Simon in the book The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is the representative for a spiritual leader whom is ignored. Simon portrays many characteristics similar to those demonstrated by Jesus Christ. The accounts of their two deaths have great similarities which further prove Simon’s portrayal as a Christ figure in the novel. Throughout the book, with the use of acts of selflessness, scenes parallel with the Bible, and the similar deaths of many martyrs Simon is shown to be the last amount of hope on the island.
One reason Simon is regarded as the Christ figure in The Lord of the Flies is that he commits many selfless acts, just as Jesus Christ did. Simon chooses to stay and help Ralph build huts rather than horse play with the other kids. Ralph compliments Simon by saying “Simon. He Helps. All the rest rushed off. He’s done as much as I have” (Golding 54). Golding also illustrates Simon’s generosity when he says “Simon pulled off the choicest from the endless, outstretched hands” (Golding 56). Jesus Christ was known to have been very generous and kind to children.
Simon’s generosity and unselfishness result in him being portrayed as the Christ figure. Another reason Simon is compared to Jesus is that he has mystical qualities much like Christ. Many of the things Simon does are either unusual or supernatural. Simon tells Ralph, “I just think you’ll get back alright” (Golding 111), even though he believes that he, himself, might not get off the island alive. Simon foresees his own death, just like Jesus did. Also, after Jesus died, his body magically disappeared. This account of Jesus’ death also has some similarity with Simon’s death.
When Simon is killed and thrown into the water, his body “lifted a fraction of an inch from the sand and a bubble of air escaped from the mouth with a wet plop… Simon’s dead body moved out toward the open sea” (Golding 154). It can be seen throughout the novel that Simon possesses some of the same mystical attributes that Christ possessed. Finally, the striking resemblance between Simon’s death and Jesus’ death result in Simon being related as the Christ figure in Golding’s novel. Jesus was tempted by the devil in the events leading up to his death.
Simon is also tempted by the devil, or “The Lord of the Flies”. The Lord of the Flies says to Simon, “What are you doing out here all alone? Aren’t you afraid of me? There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast” (Golding 143). This talk between Simon and “The Lord of the Flies” closely resembles Jesus’ forty days in the desert when he was tempted by the devil to abandon his mission. The accounts of the two deaths have great similarities which further illustrate Simon’s portrayal as a Christ figure in the novel.
Throughout the novel Simon’s overall quality of person and his spiritual leadership make him an easily relatable character to Jesus Christ. The Lord of the Flies has many common traits with the Bible in general, but the similarities between Simon and Jesus are undeniably the most strong. Simon’s characteristics are that of what we now know and respect within many various leaders. All the traits and actions that Simon took as a character, even on a deserted island with savagery all around him, is what indeed made him a martyr.