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In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies a group of young boys are stranded on an island after a devastating plane crash. Throughout the novel the boys struggle to maintain civilic order as more and more give into the barbaric savagery that lives within all of us. In the novel the characters Piggy and Simon exhibit noticeable similarities and differences that reveal their outlook on life and how they handle the beast within, including their care for others, loyalty to Ralph, and understanding of the world around them. Though Simon and Piggy physically couldn’t be more unalike, they both have their best interest at heart for others and care for the ones around them. For instance, Piggy showed affection and understanding for the littluns during a meeting where young Percival attempted to talk about the beast. “Piggy knelt by him, one hand on the great shell, listening and interpreting to the assembly.”(Golding, pg #). Piggy understands the fears of the little boy due to the fact that he himself is a victim of bullying. He is gentle with Percival and makes sure he is aloud to speak, a pleasure that is always being taken away from Piggy. Simon, like Piggy, is kind to everyone in the group and helps wherever he can. “They’re hopeless. The older ones aren’t much better. D’you see? All day I’ve been working with Simon. No one else.”(pg#).Simon assists Ralph in building the huts whereas everyone else chooses to indulge in their adult-free independence. He is genuinely kind to everyone, not because of former harassment, but because of who he is as a character. Simon is a biblical name, which references to his role as the peacekeeper in the group. He listens and encourages others, a trait most of the other boys do not possess. Furthermore, Simon also takes time to help the littluns, while other characters like Roger choose to kick sand in their faces. “They talked, cried out unintelligibly, lugged him toward the trees… 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.” Simon’s altruistic actions for others reveal his pure, innocent personality. These characteristics are similar to those of Piggy, exhibiting their comparable kindness towards others. Another similarity between Simon and Piggy is their strong devotion towards Ralph. “Piggy’s right, Ralph. There’s you and Jack. Go on being chief.”(pg#). Simon agrees with Piggy, who is trying to convince Ralph not to quit. Both boys are well aware of the chaos that would ensue following Jack becoming chief. They are quick to dissuade Ralph from resigning as leader, encouraging him to go on being in charge and making decisions for the group. Later, as Ralph stands on the beach, questioning their chance of rescue, Simon appears and brings along comforting and encouraging words. “You’ll get back to where you came from.”(pg#). Simon is confident in Ralph’s future and believes he will leave this island alive, even if no one else does. Though young and innocent, Simon is very aware of Ralph’s inner battle between good and evil, and knows just what to say to lift his friend’s spirits and encourage him to go on. Likewise, Piggy is frequently around to uplift Ralph. “Look, Ralph. We got to forget this. We can’t do no good thinking about it, see?” After Simon’s traumatic death Ralph struggles to accept his appalling actions and the fact that he took part in murder. Piggy stays attentively by his side, urging him to forget and move on. Though this may not be the best advice, Piggy’s dedication and compelling words reveal how deeply he cares for his friend and doesn’t want him to suffer from the impending guilt of killing a close friend. Simon and Piggy’s unwavering dedication towards Ralph proves another similarity between the two characters, making them appear to be much more alike than one would think. Despite the multiple characteristics that Simon and Piggy share, their outlooks on life prove to be very different. Piggy is a realist who makes predictions and decisions based on scientific evidence. “‘Cos things wouldn’t make sense. Houses an’ streets, an’–TV–they wouldn’t work.”(pg.#).  Piggy doubts the existence of the “beast” due to the lack of logical and physical evidence behind the idea. He does not consider that it may be a emotional or mental issue, whereas Simon speculated the possibility of it. “Maybe there is a beast…What I mean is . . . maybe it’s only us.”(pg#). Simon discovers what the beast is before anyone else even considers it. Piggy denies Simon’s idea because of his own perspective on the situation, as well as the fact that the boys being the beasts themselves sounds ridiculous. Nevertheless, Simon’s prediction proves to be true, which reveals the insight and truth that his character represents.

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