The difficulty Chief Brody faces in protecting the Amity community throughout the film is heightened and exacerbated by the outsider status he and his family possess. At 0:36 in the above clip, Brody’s wife Ellen is inquiring when she gets to become an islander, and is told “Never…you’re not born here, you’re not an islander”. The fact the isolation comes from their outsider status alone is emphasised because it would be assumed at first that Brody and family would hold a great deal of respect within the community–he is, after all, the Chief of Police. However, this comes secondary to his status as ‘not from here’, meaning he must deal with the insular attitude and regional focus of the town.
Brody’s status as an outsider is used by the mayor, the town council, and local businesses to explain away the need to implement his safety demands; it is framed as an outsider not understanding their ways, rather than the prioritisation by them of the need to make money over the safety of the islanders. Brody is positioned as a scapegoat, taking the blame for the second death. The sheer number of preventable deaths that result highlights the disadvantages that a community can face due to a determination to maintain a sense of insularity.