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One way in which Isolation is presented in through social isolation: it can be noted that Piggy is particularly a victim here. Golding states that the “naked crooks of [Piggy’s] knees were plump and that he was “shorter than the fair boy”. From Piggy’s immediate introduction, he is already portrayed as an outsider, in comparison with the “fair boy” who symbolises the other islanders. Perhaps Golding’s use of the word “naked” is an implicit way of suggesting Piggy’s vulnerability which is what ultimately leads to Piggy being socially isolated. An interesting instance of Piggy as a victim of social isolation is when he is forbidden to sit with the rest of the islanders; “Piggy sat expressionless behind the luminous wall of his myopia”- Golding is explicitly stating that Piggy is excluded because of his “myopia”, which is compared to a wall; the “luminous wall” represents a metaphorical wall between Piggy and the rest of society. Piggy himself appears to accept that he is not accepted by referring to the islanders as “them other kids”; the word “them” highlights this clear difference in social status between Piggy and the other islanders and hence why he is excluded. One could argue that Golding is utilising social isolation to criticise British culture; as many were a victim of social prejudice when this book was published in the 1950s.