Indignation is a historical novel by Philip Roth. It is set in the early 1950s and follows Marcus Messner, a young college student of Jewish heritage. After transferring from a college in New Jersey to one in rural Ohio, Marcus clashes with the far more conservative character of his new surroundings. Set against the political backdrop of the Korean War, Indignation examines the unpredictable hazards of life and the ways in which people attempt—and often fail—to connect with and influence one another. The novel examines themes of interpersonal conflict, personal principles, and uncertainty.