William Golding's Belief that We are Doomed in Lord of the Flies

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There are many ideas on how the world will end. Some say with the rapture, or a zombie apocalypse, or a super-virus. William Golding, author of Lord of the flies, believed that the world was doomed. He expresses this idea through his book when he shows that hope ultimately fails us, when he gives the boys pure things and they tarnish them, and when he has evil triumph good.

There are many things people could say to contradict William Golding believing the human race. On the opposing side, people may say William Golding saw hope for the future when he had the boys saved. “The fire reached the coconut palms by the beach swallowed them noisily. A flame, seemingly detached, swung like an acrobat and licked up the palm heads on the platform. The sky was black” (200-201). The reason they were saved was because the island was set on fire. Human morality has save many wars from ending catastrophically. William Golding implies that one day we will lose this decency. Another point that could be made is how William Golding reminds us that the boys, although disturbed killers, are still innocent little boys. When being rescued Simon looked back and saw: At the end of the book Ralph looks behind him and sees not killers but boys. “Dumbly, Ralph shook his head. He turned a half-pace on the sand. A semi-circle of little boys, their bodies streaked with colored clay, sharp sticks in their hands” (200). On the contrary, the fact he reminds us that they are boys makes their
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