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The Effects Of Social Isolation In The Invisible Man

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Social Isolation, a state or process in which persons, groups, or cultures lose or do not have communication or cooperation with one another, often resulting in open conflict. In H.G Wells’ 1897 novel The Invisible Man, the main character, Griffin, is socially isolated due to a condition that has forced him to stay out of the scrutinizing eye of society .As the novel progresses, the effects of social isolation begin to take form in Griffin’s actions and become more pertinent with each event that occurs. These actions show the effects of social isolation throughout the course of the novel.
The beginning of Griffin’s social isolation begins early in his life. Griffin is albino, meaning that he ...view middle of the document...

Griffin’s psychological need for a sense of belonging, a feeling of achievement, and comparative freedom from guilt are not being met due to his in ability to coexist in society, and his guilt from causing his father’s death. He feels as though he does not belong and will not succeed in in properly mixing into society without being cast out upon sight. “In loneliness that emotion is compounded by acting destructively instead of in ways that either tend to eliminate it or provide a constructive outlet,” (Gelinas 17). Because Griffin does not have an outlet for his loneliness, cause by the social isolation he faces, he turns to morally destructive behavior and his loneliness progresses into anger. In chapter 3 Mrs. Hall, the Coaches and Horses inn innkeepers’ wife, can audibly hear Griffin yelling angrily in fit of rage due to the lack of success in the unknown experiment he is preforming in his room “… The smash of a bottle violently flung down…”I can’t go on,” he was raving “I can’t go on…”( Wells) . Griffin’s anger continues to spiral out of control until it reaches its climax.
The effects of social isolation reach their climax when Griffin turns from rage to murder in chapter 26. After Dr. Kemp calls the authorities to come arrest Griffin, Griffin flees from Kemp’s apartment to take refuge somewhere the search mob will not find him. Griffin has already been alienated by the rest of society, but now he has been alienated by his last remaining friend (Quinn). This sends Griffin’s anger into a frenzy, and his anger reaches its climax when he brutally murders Wicksteed, an old man, with an iron pipe. Murdering Wicksteed serves two purposes for Griffin though he does not realize them. Though murdering Wicksteed helps him gain a feeling of...

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