What are some optimistic views about society that can be taken from Lord of the Flies?What are some optimistic views about society that can be taken from Lord of the Flies? Some readers have found...

What are some optimistic views about society that can be taken from Lord of the Flies?

What are some optimistic views about society that can be taken from Lord of the Flies? Some readers have found Lord of the Flies to be optimistic about society in spite of the boys' regression into savagery.

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clane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a good one for the Discussion Boards! :)

Probably the clearest view of optimism is seen through Ralph, Simon, and Piggy in the novel. They show true camaraderie among themselves and desire their society to be one which operates on morals and doing the right thing. When Jack stole Piggy's glasses and threatened to break them, Piggy pleaded with Jack to give them back because, "it's the right thing". Ralph is a thoughtful leader who operates on fair principles and looks out for all the boys. He is compassionate and strong in his own ways. Simon is a powerfully optimistic character because he offers Ralph's boys hope. He is courageous and makes the boys feel at ease as they face their fear of the boar (wild pig).

Golding wrote the story to show that even at the most innocent age which is often times ignorant of the workings of a society that certain characteristics will inevitably emerge, not all savagery will ensue and sometimes a person will have to look hard to find the good things in a society, but Ralph, Simon, and Piggy demonstrate that even in the face of the strong it's possible to make sound choices, to be loyal, and to redeem oneself after one has gone astray.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I love the fact that Samneric don't turn Ralph in when they see him during the "hunt" as the island is burning.  There is a flicker of hope there for Ralph which foreshadows his rescue by the Navy officers.

The fact that Piggy and Ralph remain loyal until the end is also a very positive aspect.

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