Lord of the Flies

How does Simon's hiding place shape him as a person?

Specifically, what effects does the geography and imagery described have on Simon, in this scene particularly? How is he different before and after discovering his hiding spot?

β€œHe came at last to a place where more sunshine fell. Since they had not so far to go for light the creepers had woven a great mat hung at the side of an open space in the jungle; for here a patch of rock came close to the surface and would not allow more than little plants and ferns to grow. The whole space was walled with dark aromatic bushes, and was a bowl of heat and light. A great tree, fallen across a corner, leaned against the trees that still stood and a rapid climber flaunted red and yellow sprays right to the top.” (52)

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Whenever Simon and his surroundings are described, Golding uses gentle descriptive language. Your quote is a good example of this. The jungle is a menacing and violent place for the other boys. For Simon, the forest is an extension of his gentle solitary soul. Simon's hiding place is a place he can escape the bad energy of the boys. Simon is Golding's Christ-figure. Much like Christ, Simon looked for solitary places where he could commune with nature and silence. It is away from the others that Simon can gather his thoughts and be at peace.