Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

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The novel Lord of the Flies appears to have been written with a pessimistic view of humans. The author of the novel, William Golding, suggests that evil will always shine through in humans when removed from order. Throughout the novel multiple events occur that seemingly support the accusation that Golding writes with a pessimistic view of human nature. Amidst these events, there are some optimistic occurrences as well. Though scarce and unexpected, these optimistic events add a glimmer of hope for Ralph and the boys, and challenge the accusation of Golding’s constant pessimistic writing style. Not long after arriving on the island, Jack began to lead a savage life instead of a civil one. Jack’s persistent desire to hunt, rather than help Ralph find ways to survive, is the start of his savagery. Jack’s ruthlessness shows when Ralph calls him out on not caring about survival: “There was a ship out there. You said you’d keep the fire going and you let it out!” (Golding 70). When Ralph says this, it proves that he thinks Jack needs to be more responsible and focus on helping if he wants to survive. This also displays how little faith Ralph has in the other boys’ eagerness to survive. As time went on, all the boys besides Ralph, Piggy, Simon, Sam, and Eric join Jack’s tribe. Even though there are very high odds against Ralph, and the tribe’s savage ways are diminishing hopes of survival, Ralph continues on living with his meager group. Ralph’s constant goal is finding ways to…

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