The Outcasts of English IV
Outcasts in disguise
Because those who are different feel the need to hide themselves from gthe greater society, Robert Louis Stevenson's dark yet insightful novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Oscar Wilde's comedic yet truthful play The Importance of Being Ernest and T.S. Eliot’s curious yet insightful poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” reveal the lengths people will go to in order to hide their true selves--no matter how long or short--will always end up backfiring in the end. Outcast of society don't usually follow the status quo on their own. In order to survive in the world they believe they must pretend to lead normal lives to hide the fact that they are outcasts in reality. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot, and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, the outcast of the story uses a mask of normality to hide from society. Whether it be an alter ego, or a fake personality, these people try to live their lives hiding among those who would ridicule them if they knew their secret.