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by William Golding

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Is Golding pessimistic or optimistic about the future of mankind based on what he has written in Lord of the Flies?

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When William Golding wrote his Lord of the Flies in response to Ballantyne's Coral Island, a novel in which British boys are stranded on a tropical island, but the boys overcome the evil forces of the natives and survive in peace with one another, he had abandoned his preconceptions of man as essentially pure and good, with society as evil.  For, having served in the Royal Navy of England, Golding witnessed first hand the sinking of the Bismarck, and he participated in the D-Day invasion of Germany in World War II.  After these experiences, he stated,

When I was young before the war, I did have some airy-fairy views about man....But I...

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