William Golding and Jean- Jacques Rousseau had different ideas on how life. William Golding believes that we need law and order in society to avoid corruption while Jean- Jacques Rousseau believed that individuals are naturally good, but that corruption is born from living in the unnatural state created by society. Living in completely different time periods might have been a great impact on how their viewed the world. Golding was born in 1911; he lived through many wars and seeing those wars might have led him to believe his ways. Rousseau was born in 1712; he lived in a much early time period where much didn’t happen, although his life wasn’t the best thing either, he didn’t give up and he still went on. I believe Jean- Jacques Rousseau was right with how life works.
Rousseau believed that individuals are naturally good, but that corruption is born from living in the unnatural state created by society. I believe that by this is saying that we are all born good, but in life stuff happens that can make one go bad, such as revenge, power, greed, and much more; we all have what it takes to be good, and even resist corruption, but sometimes, it just becomes too much and the corruption takes over. He believed that the purpose of education is not to impart new information but to bring out what is inherently within each person and to
encourage the full development of the human being. Children should be allowed self-expression and the opportunity to develop their own views (“Jean Jacques Rousseau”). Rousseau had a different way of thinking from Golding but was influential to many people.
William Golding believes that we need law and order in society to avoid corruption. I believe that Golding is saying that people are evil, but to keep this evil in check, we need rules, order, a society where everyone functions pretty much the same. That corruption will take over humans if we don’t have order or if we don’t have rules. Having lived in a time where World War 1, World War 2, and the Cold War took place must have had a big influence on his beliefs. Living in a time where there was always wars and blood, he probably thought it was because of all the fighting that people were evil and corruption took over.
Golding’s beliefs are shown in Lord of the Flies through many things. He starts it as a bunch of school boys in the middle of a nuclear from England get sent somewhere for safety but their plane crashes and leaves them stranded on an island with no adults and no one knowing where they are. Having no adults they don’t really know what do to do until one of the boys, Ralph, find a conch to assemble all the boys together. Golding uses the conch as a symbol of order....