What does spirtiual power mean in the book and who uses it?
I am doing a research paper on the different powers used in the book;brute force,democratic,authoritarian,and spiritual power. I need help deteriming the spiritual power.
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As we know simon is a christ like figure in this novel and he is shown as having inner beauty, spiritual power means the beauty and purity of thought and behaviour, i think am right here actually i havnt study the complete novel yet.
Yes, Simon has spiritual power. Epilepsy was long considered a sign of some special spirituality. Simon is the one boy who is not afraid to go into the jungle at night. He sits in his special private place all alone. This is the covert that Ralph hides in when he is running from the hunters near the end of the book; a little crawling thing (a rabbit?) comes in for shelter and then runs away.
Simon is the one who wants to climb the mountain after "the beast" has apeared there. He says, "What else is there to do?" He knows we must face our beasts and learn that they are "harmless and horrible." And when he brings the truth to the boys, they destroy him . . . as Christ was destroyed.
Simon as a christ-like figure in the book goes much futher in the book than what most people think. The title "Lord of the Flies" translated into Hebrew is a possibly name for Satan or a demon. So when Simon talks to the Lord of the flies in the jungle it can be compared to Jesus being tempted by the devil in the desert for fourty days. In addition, After Jesus died, there was thunderstorms and a solar eclipse. When Simon is killed in the book, the sky nlackens and rain "falls like a waterfall". There is NO possible way that those connections are simply coincedences. Golding did that on purpose to make his book a metaphor of modern society.
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