The Outsider: A Novel Themes & Motifs

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Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of disbelief refers to being open to the possibility that the supernatural does exist in the real world and that ghosts can meddle in the lives of human beings. In the novel, Ralph must expand his mindset and put aside his resistance to the reality of such creatures. Holly’s biggest challenge in working with Ralph is overcoming his need to discredit situations that do not follow the rules of nature. Holly believes Ralph's disbelief has prevented the case from being solved. As a police officer, Ralph recognizes that the facts he has collected do not make sense, but he wants to force them into some explanation that follows the rules of nature. Even though he insists that he will never believe in the supernatural, Holly manages to persuade him to give her ideas a chance.

Even though Ralph has had his own...

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