Golding calls the parachutist the "Beast from Air." Metaphorically speaking, the dead parachutist represents the Fall of Man, when Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.
In Lord of the Flies, Simon is portrayed as a Christ figure. He is shown to have some of the qualities of Christ: intelligence, determination and goodness.
Simon was the apostle Peter's original name. There are eight other Simons in the Bible.
Here, Simon foresees his own death, as Christ did when he said, " I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer" ( Luke 22:15). Ralph will make it home, but Simon will not.
Critics have also noted that Simon's confrontation with "The Lord of the Flies" resembles Christ's conversation with the devil during his forty days in the wilderness. The Temptation of Christ appears in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Chatham grew up around the Royal Navy dockyard established by Henry VIII and later improved by Charles I. The Naval base closed in the early 1980s.
Devonport is a suburb of Plymouth in Devon. The Naval base at Devonport is one of the largest in Western Europe.