I have submitted my essay on this play but I neglected to acknowledge something which I will attempt to rectify here.
In my essay, I pointed out how difficult it is for those different from the society they are trying to join, to assimilate into that society. I also highlighted that often the society is not willing to have anyone enter that would upset the equilibrium, ‘rock the boat’, challenging the way we think and even our fundamental beliefs.
I failed to acknowledge that there are some who strive to adjust, whether it be to accept the one who is different, or to adjust to fit in; thus accepting all those others who are different.
There are two characters in the play who do just this. One is Dr William Archer, who being thoroughly fascinated by the group, accept them, and interprets for them without trying to change their personality or language. On the other side, there is Queenie. She tries so hard to fit into the polite society, dressed in finery and perhaps mimicking the behaviour of the gentle ladies with whom she has come into contact.
It should be noted that Queenie Ayre has brought the group to civilisation because she can see the demise of her little group of people. She has tried to assimilate to offer a role model for the youngsters in the group, most notably Betsheb; who is defiantly holding to old ways.
It should be said that society did try to accept these people into the mix. It was their health and their inability to cope with disease that civilised man had thrust on them that was their demise. Betsheb acknowledges the attempts in the last line of the play when she says “Nowt more outcastin'”.