As in any society, an intruder must be dealt , causing the targeting of Neville. Neville’s targeting proves that this new society is protecting themselves from harm , which is similar to how Neville society operated, except now he is on the outside looking in.
Ironically, Neville’s ego and his romance with his society that does not allow him to merge in with the hybrids. The perfect soci...
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...unter with Ruth. Richard Matheson’s representation of Ruth reveals how deeply embedded Neville’s paranoia and racism is since he does not mate interacially. Neville’s ego and his ideologies end up hurting him because he cannot visualize a society where non-whites are equal to him. Matheson demonstrates the violence shown by Neville to demostrate the hypocrisy behind Neville’s violence , since it transformed him into the monster he was initially trying to estinguish. The lack of respect and the close-mindedness shown by Neville created a threat for his new society, consequently causing him to be targeted. The danger Neville faced caused him to realize that he cannot change this society since he was the outsider and the monsters inside it. Robert Neville’s suicide comes as a result of this realization as he cannot cope with being on the bottom of the social hierachy.
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