Andrew’s review of Lord of the Flies
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Jan 06, 2013 11:10PM
Great review. I can see how you chose to give it 4 instead of 5 because of the religious iconography, but I'm glad you clearly stated it as an opinion thing. It is true that the Simon=peter thing could be construed that way, but for me, I just took it at face value. Similar to the way I take the actual bible. I am an atheist, but I still believe in the good of man, which in my opinion is more of what Simon represented. But both perspectives are valid. Thanks for the review!
Feb 13, 2013 12:20AM
Sometimes a trope is just a trope. But I do agree that Simon became more than just another boy with a child's idea of how people worked. When he suddenly realized that the Beast was the inhumanity latent in all of the castaways, he ceased to be another kid in a messed up situation, and instead became a stand-in for the author's ideas. I think that as a plot element is rather flawed, but I don't think there was religious iconography as blatant as you seem to be suggesting.
Feb 26, 2013 01:08PM
I don't know. The Lord of the Flies is Beelzebub after all. Golding goes a long way towards identifying "the Beast ... latent in all the castaways" as Satan, and given that intent I can't believe the choice of Simon as a name was random. That and the "body on a hill" bit and I think we're pretty deep in Sunday School iconography.
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