Lord of the Flies

Is Golding too pessimistic? Explain using examples from text


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No he isn't too pessimistic. One need only look at the history of the human species to find there has never been a time without war, violence, hate....Human nature when left to its own devices (no laws...) turns to the dark side. There are of course exceptions somewhere in this world but people seem drawn to their primal urges. Without the cheques and balances that "civilized" society has put in place, our planet would be one big Lord of the Flies. THe fact that these boys get rescued is of little consequence to their redemption. What is interesting is that the boys do get rescued despite the fact that they do not deserve it. Does this mean Golding deals there is hope? If he does, the hope is all quite by accident.