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Outsider Essay An outsider is a person who has been exiled or excluded from society because they are different in appearance beliefs background behaviour or mental health Outsiders may choose isolation but their victimisation is carried out by society Romerils Les Harding is deliberately portrayed as one of societys innocent victims in contrast with Shakespeares murderous Lady Macbeth And John Donnes pathetic death In John Romerils surreal comic tragedy The Floating World he uses a narrator to relate his thoughts about the degeneration of Australian society to the audience using Les Hardings disintegrating sanity as a metaphor for this Romeril portrays Les as a victim of societys materialism and of the effects of war John Donne paints death as an outsider in his metaphysical poem Death Be Not Proud by rebelling against the traditional forms of a sonnet and using three quatrains and a couplet Donne also uses a loose rhythm to portray death as being outside the societal rules but his strict rhyming pattern controls death Lady Macbeth in Shakespeares Macbeth is frustrated by the pressure to appear feminine in a patriarchal society and uses her husband to break societys rules Ironically she becomes isolated from her husband driven mad by a guilt which she has created for herself unlike Les of The Floating World who is driven mad by a guilt caused by the values of his society In The Floating World Romeril attempts to put a persons mind on stage much like Shakespeare does in Macbeth Romeril does this to examine how reality and society can cause people to go insane His theory is that there are no insane people but that society itself is insane He attempts to convey to his audience through the use of a narrator the themes of his play somewhat controversially spelling them out during the second Drum Poem The point is not to suffer the world but to change it The play ends
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