Chapter 3 explores the themes of community and identity, considering the discourses organized around different groups on the island. The first section in this chapter discusses the spatial and temporal dislocations that introduce new communities of characters which, at the same time, fill in missing pieces of the narrative jigsaw. In particular, this section analyses how the Other is a foregrounded concept on Lost. The discussion takes in the way Lost encodes difference, and thus destabilizes or unsettles the social and cultural order. The character Juliet is used as a case study in a discussion of gender and class differences, and this leads into a discussion in the second section concerning arguments about gender and reproductive technology. A significant theme in feminist accounts of the science fiction genre, this positions Juliet as an important boundary-crossing figure in the narrative. The discussion of Juliet is contrasted with an analysis of the representations of the fertile mother figure Claire, and Rousseau, the bereaved mother who has lost her child.
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