In the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, a plane full of school age boys was stranded on a remote island, with no adults. Simon, “a skinny vivid boy,” was among the older kids on the island.He was portrayed as a quiet, and self-sufficient type that nobody really understood. Simon had all the answers, but nobody bothered to listen. Throughout the novel the reader begins to question Simon, not only because he changes, but also he begins to seem insane.
The timid skinny boy that first landed on the island turns into a complex character that one can characterize as crazy.
In the beginning of the novel Simon was characterized as a companionate, shy guy. He was compliant to the newfound leaders and helpful to the littens in need. Simon “found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off choicest from up in the foliage, passed them down to the endless, outstretched of hands Simon,” (chapter 3) he took time to help the littlens retrieve food that they could otherwise not reach.
The helping that Simon has only extended further.He retrieved Piggy’s glasses after Jack had punched them off his face, and gave his only piece of meat to Piggy. Simon brought a sense of community to the island, which would later be destroyed.
Although Simon brought sense into the group, his sense would later turn into insanity. Simon tries to make sense of what is going on, and through that, he comes up with genius ideas, but those ideas where never really recognized as genius, but crazy.
After a long thought, “Simon, walking in front of Ralph, felt a flicker of incredulity- a beast with claws that scratched, that sat on a mountaintop, that left no tracks and yet was not fast enough to catch Samaneric. However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick.”(103) Simon’s “theory” one might call it, was never voiced as a credible idea. The…