William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies Essay

1053 Words Oct 10th, 2014 5 Pages
Just as how fog obscures one’s vision, the corrupt teachings of society blur an individual’s ability to see through society’s corruption. William Golding explores how society influences human nature and government in his book, Lord of the Flies, in which innocent boys are left alone on an island to engage in decision making without influence from civilization 's teachings. Golding qualifies Rousseau 's philosophy through the juxtaposition between the nature of the boys at the beginning and at the end of the novel, not only acknowledging that human nature is innately good and corruption comes only from society, but also expressing disfavor for direct democracies, suggesting instead that any well organized and properly executed government is suitable when those who hold power are not influenced by society. Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote about his ideas on human nature and how it affects government in his book, The Social Contract, during the period of the Enlightenment. Rousseau believed that all men have some amount of innate goodness, which he expressed when he said that "there is no evildoer who could not be made good for something" (Rousseau). Rousseau also believed that all are equal, and that "every man [is] born free and [a] master of himself" (Rousseau). Since all men are naturally good, Rousseau concluded that humans are capable of self-government in the form of a direct democracy that followed the general will. However, he opposed a representative type government…

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