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How does Golding portray outsiders?

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How does Golding portray outsiders? The way in which Golding portrays outsiders is to make them obvious characters. In fact the first notable characters we meet are all outsiders, with one possible exception. First there is Ralph, from the start we know Ralph will be something special in the book as Golding portrays him as different. "His golden body" and general physical appearance set him aside from the rest of the boys. Throughout the novel, Ralph remains exempt in some way from the group. Initially he is the leader, making the decisions, calling the shots, generally he is not one of the "mob". While he is acting on their behalf, he is also on a different level, the chief level, and so above them due to his authority. ...read more.


He is set apart by his desire to think and be alone, to philosophise and reason things out. It is whilst he is doing this that he realises the truth about the "beast", and is killed trying to impart this knowledge, almost like witch trials. There are two possible outsiders with very big question marks over their heads. These are Roger and Jack. Roger is the evil force on the island, quietly evil and malevolent, but much more so than Jack. "Roger sharpened a stick at both ends", and it is Roger who kills Piggy with the rock, even thought Jack does claim the kill. This sets him apart from the other boys by sheer virtue of his evil qualities. Jack is also a possible outsider as he is the main contender for Ralph's leadership, and finally the chief. ...read more.


They aren't murderers or insane, they are normal, if there is such a thing. They are the kind of people you meet on the street, but placed in some rather compromising circumstances. Ralph especially is the epitome of this, very normal, athletic, not especially dumb or bright, but he is a definite outsider because the society around him makes him one. This is reminiscent of both Frankenstein making his monster and Joanne Harris' "Chocolat" in which Roux, although a fine upstanding well-intentioned person is believed to be a nasty piece of work due to his social background. Golding's message is fairly clear, what makes an outsider is the way society judges them, wether it be on their clothes, brains or physicality. It is not the outsider who needs to be wrong, but the society in which they lives needs to deem them wrong. Thus are so many perfectly good people ruined by the prejudgement of others. ...read more.

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