Different Views from William Golding and Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Lord of the Flies

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While Golding believed that humans were inherently evil and that society and its rules were what kept humans in line and good, as reflected in The Lord of the Flies, Rousseau believed the opposite. He believed that humans were inherently good and that it was society and civilizations that corrupted man. For the most part, I agree with Golding’s views. Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a French philosopher from the early-mid-1700s, born in 1712 and died in 1778. In his works, Rousseau expresses his beliefs on how the state of nature allows the absolute freedom of man. Without civilization, man is not shackled by the rules, conformity, and domination of society. Nor can he be corrupted by the greed, temptation and envy for things he does not want or need in society. He would not experience for exploitation and low self-esteem. William Golding, however, was an English writer from the early-mid-1900s, born in 1911 and dying in 1993. After his experiences in World War II as Royal Navy Officer, Golding developed his beliefs of man’s natural evil. “I began to see what people were capable of doing. Anyone who moved through those years without understand that man produces evil as a bee produces honey, must have been blind or wrong in the head.” (William Golding)
Golding believed in the potential in a strong, thoughtful, organized…
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