Isolation And Its Effects On Its Victims

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Isolation has been portrayed in numerous texts for hundreds of years and is still a common theme in literature today. Isolation is not only portrayed in literature but also occurs in real life situations . The effect of isolation on its victims is that they try to overcome their state of isolation by finding a way to obtain some sort of companionship, whether it is with an inanimate object, imagination or with an animal. One does not require to be all alone to be isolated as there are different types of isolation, and one that is quite common today is being socially isolated. The four texts that portray one of these subtopics are ‘Cast Away’ directed by Robert Zemeckis, ‘I Am Legend’ directed by Francis Lawrence, ‘Miss Brill’ by Katherine Mansfield and ‘The Bath’ by Janet Frame.

Connection One: Victims that are in state of isolation try to overcome it through obtaining some sort of companionship

Those that are absolutely secluded from human civilisation tend to mentally change from their previous lifestyle to a new lifestyle as they try to overcome the state of isolation. They do it by trying to obtain some sort of companionship with inanimate object or animals to avert from teetering on the edge of insanity. This idea is conveyed through the films ‘I Am Legend’ directed by Francis Lawrence, ‘Cast Away’ directed by Robert Zemeckis and also in the short story ‘Miss Brill’ by Katherine Mansfield.

In ‘I Am Legend’ “A deadly virus burned through” human
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