Lord Of The Flies As A Christ Figure Analysis

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Jesus, Messiah, Son of God, and Christ are but a few names of the most famous person in history. A most divine figure, Jesus represents all holy virtues that are sought out by many but achieved by few. In society, those who embody such virtues resemble the Christ, and therefore they are called Christ-figures. During the progression of the novel Lord of the Flies, the author, William Golding, incorporates a Christ-figure into a Nobel Prize winning work of art. In the story, which is an allegory of the bible story Garden of Eden, a group of boys are isolated on an island after a plane crash, and they are forced to survive together without any adult. Just like the Garden of Eden, the once polite and innocent British boys become more sinful the…show more content…
As the boys continue to search the island for a beast, night approaches, and Ralph, the chief of the group, decides to send somebody through the jungle to tell Piggy, who is with the littluns, that they will not be back before nightfall. Nobody wants to go through the jungle alone since they are all frightened of the beast, so Simon does the task since, in his opinion, the only threat on the island is the boys themselves. Ralph, Jack, and another boy finally make it to the top of the mountain, and they see the parachutist. Blind as they are in their beliefs, they immediately take flight because the dead soldier looks like a beast to them. The trio returned to the rest of the boys with a report of a monster with big claws, sharp teeth, and black eyes. Despite what seems to be a savage creature on the mountain, Simon announces to the boys: “I think we ought to climb the mountain” (Golding 142). The group thinks that Simon is out of his mind to suggest such a thing, Piggy even calls Simon “cracked” (Golding 145). With no support from any of the boys, Simon leaves. He decides to climb the mountain. As he suspected, he finds the dead man on top of the mountain. It is nighttime once more, and Simon, wanting to inform the boys of the deceased soldier, heads back down the mountain. Since it is dark, the boys think that Simon is a beast when he approaches them, and they kill him. Simon is right in believing that the…show more content…
Simon helps the weak, the young, and the injured. He lives by the same principles as the saviour with a background in carpentry, Jesus. Ralph asks the boys to help him build shelters in which they can sleep in. While the other boys bathe, play, and eat, Simon is the only one to answer Ralph’s call for help. Using skills in carpentry, he helps Ralph build the shelters. Just as Jesus treats children with kindness in his embracing arms, Simon does not exclude the littluns on the island from his helping hand: “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands” (Golding 57). This beautiful image of Simon feeding the children the best of the fruit not only resembles the Messiah’s compassion for the young but also a great miracle fulfilled by him. The ‘endless, outstretched hands’ that Simon supplies with fruit is similar to Jesus feeding endless amounts of people attending his sermon. Christ does not limit his aid to any one person or group of people. Furthermore Simon feeds everybody that is hungry, even if it might mean that he goes hungry. When Jack gives everybody except Piggy meat from a pig he slaughtered, Simon instinctively gives Piggy his piece. After cursing the Christ-figure for feeding Piggy, Jack cuts another piece for Simon. Piggy, a fat boy with

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