Lord of the Flies Symbols


1.       Identify how each scene on the following pages helps develop Simon’s character. What is Simon doing/saying or being treated? Pages: 20, 30, 34, 55, 67, 71, 85, 93, 103, 104, 111, 128, 133, 137, 143, 145, 152, 154

  1. How does the following information help you understand what Golding was trying to do with the character of Simon?

Simon (“it is heard”). It is said that the apostle Peter (also regarded as Simon) was a slender person of a middle size inclining to tallness and that his complexion was pale, almost white. It is also said that he had a short thick curled beard and thin eyebrows, or, no eyebrows at all. Peter's eyes were black, but, flecked with red due to frequent weeping. It was Peter who preached to the masses in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost following the Lord's ascension to heaven and it is his message which is recorded in the New Testament of the Bible, the book of Acts, chapter 2. In fact, much is written about the apostle Peter in the first 12 chapters of the book of Acts in the New Testament. Peter was called by the apostle Paul a "pillar" of the church and it was believed by the crowds, that the mere casting of his shadow upon the sick, was capable of bringing about miraculous healing. Peter eventually went to Rome and while there, it is believed that Mark (the writer of the Gospel of Mark) served as his translator as he preached. It is, also, believed that as Peter told and retold his experiences with Jesus, Mark interpreted time and time again to Christian groups and by so doing, gave Mark an almost verbatim memory of Peter's recollections. After Peter's death, Mark, realizing the value of Peter's first hand account, recorded what he remembered so clearly in what we know as the Gospel of Mark. In this manner, Peter became the source of our earliest Gospel. According to church tradition, the Roman Emperor Nero, publicly announcing himself the chief enemy of God, was led in his fury to slaughter the Apostles. Because of the persecution, Peter was crucified upside down while in Rome. Concerning the last hours of his life, it is said that when Peter saw his own wife led out to die, he rejoiced because of her summons and her return home, and called to her very encouragingly and comfortingly addressing her by name, and saying, "O thou, remember the Lord."


  1. Using the following excerpt, explain why Golding named his novel, The Lord of the Flies. Prove your point.

Be-elzebul (or Beelzebub) (Heb. “Baal” or “Lord of the Flies”) Be-elzebul (in the original Greek) was the ancient pagan god worshipped by the Philistines at Ekron. The word ‘baal’ was a Canaanite term for ‘lord’ and the whole word meant “Lord of Heaven.’ The Hebrews came to think of him as the prince of the demons and changed his name to Beelzebub, ‘Lord of the Flies,’ equating him with the devil. Thus the scribes from Jerusalem said of Jesus: ‘He is possessed by Be-elzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.’ Jesus at one replied, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.’ (Mark 3:22-25)

The Title: Lord of the Flies / Who’s Who in the Bible. New York: Bonanza Books. 1980