Differing Views On Humans As Portrayed By William Golding In Lord Of The Flies And Jean Jacques Rousseau

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In the book “Lord of the Flies” written by William Golding, Golding has a certain type of philosophy that he applies throughout the book. The main idea of Golding’s philosophy is that people were naturally cruel and that if there were no rules people would fight, rob, and kill. A little later on there was another philosopher named Jean Jacques Rousseau. Rousseau’s philosophy opposed Golding’s philosophy by believing that humans in their normal state are at the most part good. I believe that some of Golding’s philosophy is correct and that some of it is wrong. With Rousseau’s philosophy he is right that most people in their normal state are good but people do need to be controlled by some form of order.
William Golding believed many things. He believed that the humans’ downfalls carry them into their own societies. He also believed that if a person is ethical then the society as a whole will be ethical. I agree with the statement about if the person leading the society is ethical than the whole society will be ethical. I agree with it because people tend to follow leaders and if their leader is ethical they will follow his ways, therefore they would be ethical. Golding also said that if a person is evil then the society they live in will be evil, which also makes sense. One thing I do not agree with in Golding’s philosophy is that he assumed people were naturally cruel, greedy, and very selfish. I do not believe that because though some people are like that, there are people that give back and aren’t selfish, cruel, and greedy at all. One other thing Golding preached was that life without laws or rules would be poor, nasty, and short. This is somewhat true but over exaggerated, though rules are needed if you don’t have them it isn’t automatically straight up poor and nasty.
One of the main things that Rousseau believed in is that good government must have the freedom of all its citizens as its most fundamental objective. Now this would be a...

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