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

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Although they didn’t live in the same time period, their views have been compared to one another. William Golding’s views on humanity which were reflected in the book, “Lord of the Flies”, stated that all humans are naturally selfish, rude and greedy. Rousseau believed that all humans are naturally good and it was society that corrupted them. I agree more with Rousseau’s argument about human beings being naturally good.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a French philosopher; he lived during the expressionist time period, where new ideas were being suggested and accepted. He was raised by his dad mostly, and little bit by his aunt and uncle. His mom died just a couple days after he was born. He had five children and they all ended up going to orphanages right after they were born.(Sparknotes) He believed that all humans are born naturally good and society is what contaminates their personality. Rousseau believed in order for the society to be naturally good then there must be freedom for everyone. He states how “unnatural” inequality is; he doesn’t like how some men will be able to do something just by their appearance and other men will not be able to participate in the event.
William Golding has a whole different idea on humanity. He strongly believes that all people are born naturally evil and society is the thing that shapes them to be kind to each other. Compared to Rousseau, Golding is more…
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