The Effects of Social Isolation in the Invisible Man by H.G Wells

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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 has little to no pigmentation in his skin, eyes, and hair. This condition makes it exceptionally challenging for Griffin to be a cohesive member of society, so in order to avoid the eminent rejection that he believes awaits him if he tries to join society, he chooses to become an introvert. “The expression a “fish out of water” reminds us that every animal is adapted to a habitat” (Pinker 374). Griffin does not have a habitat to adapt to because he lives outside of society and has no one to help him adapt. At this point Griffin is able to be diagnosed with a form of social loneliness due to his feelings of being an outcast (Gelinas 4). After Griffin is isolated from society for a short period of time, his anger starts to progress into something that even he cannot control. As the novel

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