100 Figures in the Novels: Simon

A short story about Simon in the book Lord of the Flies, William Golding.

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 Story about Simon
Simon was a boy of quiet and introspective nature, his presence on the island a calming influence amidst the chaos and turmoil that surrounded them. Unlike some of the other boys, who reveled in the thrill of the hunt and the pursuit of power, Simon found solace in the beauty and tranquility of nature, often retreating into the depths of the jungle to be alone with his thoughts.

From the moment he arrived on the island, Simon seemed to possess a deeper understanding of their situation—a sense of intuition and insight that set him apart from the others. He saw the island not just as a physical place, but as a reflection of their own inner turmoil and darkness—a place where the true nature of humanity was laid bare for all to see.

Though he rarely spoke, Simon's words carried a weight and significance that belied his quiet demeanor. When he did speak, it was with a sense of wisdom and compassion that resonated with those around him, offering comfort and guidance in times of need.

But despite his best efforts to bring reason and harmony to their increasingly fractured society, Simon found himself increasingly marginalized and ignored by the other boys, who saw him as odd and eccentric. They mocked his solitary nature, his frequent disappearances into the jungle, and his tendency to speak in riddles and parables.

Yet, despite the indifference and hostility of his peers, Simon remained true to himself, refusing to compromise his values or conform to the expectations of others. He continued to seek solace in the natural world, finding peace and solace in the rhythmic ebb and flow of the ocean waves and the gentle rustle of the palm trees in the breeze.

It was during one of these solitary excursions into the jungle that Simon made a shocking discovery—a dead parachutist tangled in the undergrowth, his decaying corpse serving as a grim reminder of the violence and brutality that lurked within each of them. Though the sight filled him with horror and revulsion, Simon knew that he could not turn away—he had to confront the darkness head-on, to seek out the truth no matter how unpleasant or terrifying it might be.

And so, armed with nothing but his courage and conviction, Simon set out to confront the beast that haunted their nightmares—the savage, primal instinct that lurked within each of them, threatening to consume them all. With each step, he felt the weight of the world pressing down upon him, the darkness closing in around him like a suffocating blanket.

But even in the face of overwhelming darkness, Simon refused to succumb to despair. He knew that there was still hope for redemption, that they could overcome their fears and embrace the light within themselves. And so, with a sense of determination and purpose burning bright within him, he pressed on, determined to confront the beast and bring an end to the madness that had consumed them all.

In the end, Simon's quest for truth and redemption would cost him everything, his life snuffed out in a tragic and senseless act of violence. But even in death, his spirit lived on—a symbol of courage, compassion, and the enduring power of the human spirit to overcome even the darkest of days.

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