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Outsiders

via Daily Prompt: Outlier

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A portrait of the Bard, William Shakespeare.

There has long been a convention of making the outsider the hero on stage and in film. In theater, we can find the anti-hero in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and his Lady, in Marlowe’s less well- known Tamburlaine. Othello, King Lear, in fact most of the Bard‘s tragedies all center around figures of some ignominy. More to the point here, each is an outlier.

In mathematical terms, they are data points distinct from the rest which may or may not, thanks to robust statistics, affect the outcomes. In dramatic terms, the outlier is the outsider whose infamy determines his fate; this definitely affects the outcomes in the play.

There is an innate attraction to the maverick who lives in society but apart from his.peers.
As it happens, sometimes the notoriety surrounding a protagonist is made up of difference in point of view. Those who benefit from Robin Hood’s assistance see him as an unalloyed hero. Those who suffer from
his philanthropy, consider him a criminal.

Nuances are everything, and they make for excellent dramatic effect. We are on the fence along side Hamlet as he wrestles with treachery and commits murder.

As often as not, it is the theater artists creating the works who are to some extent the outliers in society. Their message is to elevate the conversation and help us see a truer world.

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