Does the ending of Lord of the Flies show Golding's optimism about society's future, & does Golding offer any solution for society's ills?If so, what are the solutions?

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In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the author does have a rather pessimistic view about human nature. It also seems that he has a pessimistic view of society as a whole, and perhaps of education and parental/family responsibilities. For example, he shows a group of boys who appear on the surface to have everything they need for a good "civilized" future as responsible citizens of the future, or as establishment figures. Yet Golding seeems to present for us a fear that in reality these boys are going to simply keep creating a vicious circle of establishment power corruption and perhaps war mongering and self-seeking societal goals. The boys soon lose this veneer of respectability when it is not externally forced upon them by establishment adults. Perhaps Golding, at the end, sees a group of tearful, dishevelled vulnerable boys for whom he wishes a future of autonomous, generous outward-looking self-discipline?

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