Clayton M. Ferguson
Lord of the Flies
Fear is described as a frightened emotion aroused by danger. Fear of the unknown can be a powerful force, which you can turn into either hysteria or insight. The big question here is, what can fear really do? No character in the "Lord of the Flies" displays the force of fear better than Simon. Simon shows how fear of the unknown can lead you to weakness of the mind and body, hysteria, and finally true insight.
Simon is a skinny bright-eyed boy who is shy of public speaking and whom all the other boys think is "batty." Simon likes to be by himself and sometimes does weird or strange things. Simon is the only character who shows strong emotion, humanism, and a since of spirituality. These traits greatly separate Simon from the rest of the boys.
Simon becomes increasingly weak with the first mention of the mysterious Beast. Soon Simon begins to wonder off alone at night inadvertently freighting the littiluns. Later the twins are scared away from the fire by the still unknown Beast. The twins, samneric met the others at an assembly to discuss the Beast that was seen by the twins. Simon remained silent through out the assembly unable to imagine the Beast described. Simon used his inward sight to picture the Beast "as a human at once heroic and sick."
One weary day, as Simon lay in his secret place among the vines, he watched jack and his hunters behead a sow and place it on a stick sharpened at both ends of the stick. This sickens the emotions of Simon into almost hysteria. After jack and his hunters left Simon converses with the Beast who has at last come to light! The...