January 8, 2013
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Henry David Thoreau once said, “Goodness is the only investment that never fails”.
In the novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding tests this theory. When a group of British boys crash into an island and are left alone without any supervision, they are forced to change to a cruel lifestyle that changes Simon’s and Piggy’s innocence. Golding illustrates Piggy’s and Simon’s goodness to show that when people respect and help others it makes a stable society.
To begin Simon helps the Liluns pick fruit because they cannot reach it. This shows that helping others can make a stable society. When Simon leaves the beach to go to his safe “spot” because Jack and Ralph are fighting, the Liluns follow him. When Simon notices them he helps them pick the fruit that they couldn’t reach. An example of Simon helping others is when, “Simon found for them the fruit that they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands” (Golding 56). Simon is very helpful compared to the other ones, because if the Liluns would have followed Jack he would have ignored them and continued to do what he was doing. Simon definitely stands out from the rest of them by helping others even though he doesn’t have to. Simon also demonstrates respect when he frees the dead parachutist. When Simon wakes up from his stroke, he goes up to the mountain and sees something blue. As he approaches it he notices that it is a dead parachutist, as he uncovers him, he notices that it is tangled to the lines. He untangles it and lets the wind take him away. This is shown as Simon helps the man, “He freed them from the rocks and the figure from the winds indignity” (Golding 147). Simon shows respect toward the dead man when he actually approaches the dead man when the rest are just worried about their well-being. Even though Simon could have just left the...