Darren Heath





Simon, a character in the novel “Lord of the Flies” written by William Golding is brave, helpful, shy, dependable, and quiet.


Simon is brave. Simon demonstrates himself to be brave over and over throughout the novel. He shows this bravery by going into the jungle, numerous times, by himself and having no way of defending himself if anything happens. He also leaves the “group” (in chapter seven) and goes and tells Piggy that the “group” will not be back by dark, this is done all by himself again with no way of defending himself if anything should happen. Simon also proves himself to be brave by facing the Lord of the Flies and telling that it was only a pig head on a stick. Simon continues to demonstrate that he is brave numerous times throughout the novel.


Simon is helpful. He shows his ability to help his fellow man by being the only one who helps Ralph build the shelters. Also, instead of fighting with the “group” (in chapter seven) he leaves to go and tell Piggy that the group will not be back by dark. Definitely, these actions show that Simon is helpful.


Simon is also shy. He clearly demonstrates this throughout the novel. He does not like to speak in front of people on the island. Also, he is usually by himself and likes to be alone. He continues to demonstrate that he is shy by wanting to be alone.


Simon is very dependable. He defiantly demonstrates this by being the one who was working on the shelters, usually by himself, and never giving up even though nobody else, but Ralph, helps him. Also he is there when someone needs something done, and volunteers to do the job. Defiantly, he shows that he is dependable and wants to help others.


Simon is quiet. He shows that he is quiet throughout the novel by not speaking in front of the group, and when he does he speak he speaks very quietly and shyly. He never yells or challenges anyone. He also goes into the jungle and does not talk or do anything. This all shows that Simon is quiet.


Simon is a very complex character with a number of different personality traits. He is clearly complex by demonstrating himself to be brave, helpful, shy, dependably, and quiet. These traits are in contrast to the traits found in most of the other characters in the novel. This maybe the reason why the other boys killed him.