Lord of the Flies

what is simons opinion of the beast and what do the boys react to it


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Simon sees the beast in a clearer way than the others. His insight goes over the other's heads. Simon sees the beast as themselves. He attempts to address the issue, "what's the dirtiest thing you can think of?" Of course the boys humiliate him with crude expletives. Simon, Golding's Christ figure, shrinks in dismay. Perhaps the most poignant moment in the book when Simon clearly defines the nature of the beast and humanity, “However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick.”