Leaders who Sacrifice

By Matthew H., 7th Grade

December 2018

In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Simon is a Christ figure, for he is selfless, and he sacrifices himself while trying to save the boys on the island. He isn’t a savage like Jack and his tribe, but at the same time doesn’t always follow Ralph’s commands. In the Sermon on the Mount scene in the bible, Christ took 3 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed 5,000 people. Simon does a similar task to the little ones on the island: “then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, 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.” Like Christ, Simon gives food to a crowd of helpless children, but doesn’t benefit from helping them out. Even when he is about to die, he decides that he should try to save the group of boys. Christ put himself in danger by trying to spread the good news of God, while Simon does the same thing but instead spreads the news about the beast. When all the boys are chanting and pretending one of them is a beast, Simon is coming down to tell the boys about the dead parachuter, but is not able to spread the good news. “It was crying out against the abominable noise something about a body on a hill.” Simon could have protected himself by convincing the boys that he wasn’t the beast, but instead he continues trying to help the people who are killing him. Simon was always prepared to sacrifice anything for the good. Christ died for our sins, while Simon died by trying to clear up the conflict on the island. Humans always need a leader in order to function, or else everything will be chaos. Leaders can’t just be anybody, but they have to be people who are willing to sacrifice themselves for their people or tribe. We see in the microcosm world of the island, a good leader is always needed to stop conflict though he may not always be successful.