Conforming

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Conforming

Craig Hogg

I wanted to create a character that encompasses the feelings of detachment many people are feeling in regards to our society and world politics. Many people have a sense of belonging to different groups, whether that be, as the character in the monologue describes, a person with a very liberal view of the world and who therefore feels a sense of security in the image of what they deem to be irrespective of the norm, or someone who does not feel themselves to be a part of any political or social group, and therefore almost by default follows the roles deemed 'natural' to them by the society we live in, which can sometimes be sexist or oppressive, depending on the individual. The character in this piece makes a point to remove the reader from their comfort zone, whichever stance they hold on these issues, and provide an exaggerated 'outsider' perspective, forcing the reader to look at how the values they follow contribute to the idea of social power and respecting what could be considered as modern tradition. The character himself also provides a first-hand example of the damage caused by our society and the way we see ourselves fit into it.

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WritingJohn Byrne Award