I don't know if you're still interested in this question, but I have the correct answer: Yes, it is difficult. You see, Dark Souls' difficulty was implemented this way - it was made to be hard. Unlike other games where you can tone the difficulty down, here it only increases. Each death means more punishment. Each wrong choice means punishment. Each enemy is punishment.
It was made to be difficult. I don't blame people like yourself who ask these questions, heck, I don't mind people "whinng" about it. But it was made to be hard, and it's a Marmite game - you love it or hate it for its difficulty.