The allusions mentioned above are true in some regard; although, some clarity could be made about the Christian idea of sin. Christianity affirms that each individual has the choice of, even the propensity to, sin; but that sin is always a product of choice, even when tempted by the devil (in our story, "The Lord of the Flies"). Therefore, Simon's recognition that, "Maybe the beast is us," affirms the Christian idea that evil is put forward by and from us and that human beings need a savior. That is why Lord of the Flies is considered to have Christian allegories rather than, say, Buddhist allegories since other religious traditions teach that goodness can be achieved within our own doing. Christianity teaches that there must be a savior.
In addition, Simon holds many, many Biblical and Christ-like allusions.
- He is gentle with children.
- He knows the Truth about human nature.
- He confronts The Lord of the Flies (as mentioned above, Satan).
- He confronts "the beast" in a cave like Jesus confronted sin in his cave/tomb.
- When he talks with "the beast," it tries to tempt Simon to ignore the truth--the truth that he needs to convey to the other boys. This is similar to the devil tempting Jesus in the desert to give up his mission.
- He travels up the mountain at the end of the novel and receives knowledge of the pilot, just as the Bible uses mountains to signify places of receiving knowledge.
- He faints and falls three times in the novel (when we first meet him, when he first see's the sow head, after he talks to the Lord of the Flies), just as Jesus fell three times on his journey to the cross.
- After this, he travels to his death at the hands of corrupted humans, even though Simon holds the truth that should set them all free from the idea of "the beast."
There are many allusions that make Simon a Christ figure in this novel. Additionally, there are a few lines of exposition, characterization, and imagery that also add to the religious or Christ-like reading of Simon. One example is when Ralph and Jack argue about the ship getting away because the fire went out. Jack releases his anger on Piggy, and his propensity for violence becomes clear. Piggy's glasses hit the rocks, breaking one lens, and, "Simon, who got there first, found them for him. Passions beat about Simon on the mountain-top with awful wings." Subtle characterization such as this elevates the reading of Simon to an almost supernatural state. Another example would be Simon's death when,
The water rose farther and dressed Simon’s coarse hair with brightness. The line of his cheek silvered and the turn of his shoulder became sculptured marble. The strange attendant creatures, with their fiery eyes and trailing vapors, busied themselves round his head.
The stark imagery of light surrounding Simon's hair alludes to the halo of Christian imagery. The "attendant creatures" detail brings forth the biblical story of angels attending to Jesus after his temptation by Satan. The marble imagery evokes pure white: a color often symbolizing purity, or, in many cases, Jesus Christ's purity.