The Invisible Man

This essay has a total of 968 words and 4 pages.

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells, is composed of many small themes that combined to form
two major themes in the novel. Some of the minor themes are acting before thinking and
denial of unexplainable events. It is based on the two major themes of science
experiments gone wrong and the ignorance of society.

The most important theme in the novel was the experiment that Griffin, the invisible man,
was working and it was not going exactly as planned. The way that the experiment went bad
was not by accident; instead it was Griffin who had made the mistake of turning himself
invisible. The reason that the invisible man had for becoming invisible was that he was
suspected as to be a vivesectionalist and he did not want to be punished for it.

The reason for the final decision of becoming invisible was that Griffin thought there
were many advantages. He finds out after becoming invisible that the whole thing was not
thought through enough and being invisible had many more disadvantages than what he was
expecting. This was an example of Griffin acting upon something before adding up all of
the consequences of his actions. If he would have thought the process through Griffin
would have, at least, made things invisible so he could use them and still be disguised.
For instance he could have made some clothes invisible and even some common supplies that
could have been handy along his travels.

Griffin did not realize how many disadvantages his invisibility had until it was too late.
After becoming invisible Griffin realized that he could not sneak around people very easy
and people still knew he was around even though they could not see him. The people could
see his footprints and see him if he became dirty. Another thing that Griffin did not
realize before his experiment back fired was that he could not eat if he wanted to stay
invisible. The people around him could see the food inside his stomach, until his body
absorbed it.

The experiment that Griffin went through was his own fault and also sealed his own fate.
The major problem with his invisibility was that Griffin was not able to keep or have any
friends. His only contact was after he was all bandaged up and looked as though he had
been in a bad accident. Without any human contact or support Griffin was destined to
become crazy. In the ending chapters of the novel it is obvious that Griffin has lost his
mind and is completely insane.

“‘Not wanton killing, but a judicious slaying. The point is, they know there is an
Invisible Man -- as well as we know there is an Invisible Man. And that Invisible Man,
Kemp, must now establish a Reign of Terror.’” (Pg. 114)

The previous quote was taken as the invisible man was talking to Kemp about his plans of
judicial killing. This proves that Griffin has gone completely insane and it is his way
of getting back at society for excluding him. He does not realize that if he had never
Continues for 2 more pages >>

  • The Values of the Invisible Man
    The Values of the Invisible Man I awoke, there was a crash on the upper deck. I heard a thunderous crackling from my head above. I ran up the stairs and what I saw devastated me. The small wooden boat was completely coated in billowy flames. Help, help, somebody please! I slowly moved towards the sound being careful to dodge flames as much as possible. The smoke was choking me. I could see a faint outline of a face across the deck. It was Tom, my lifelong friend and companion. He was completely
  • A Lifelong Battle
    A Lifelong Battle Growing up and striving to find one\'s true identity is a complicated task in itself, without the worries of prejudice and discrimination to add to it. In "Battle Royal," Ralph Ellison presents a young black man and the confusion that fills his mind while trying to survive and succeed in a society where those who are white possess all the power, and those who are black have none. The young man in the story struggles with the "correct" way to live life as a black man: be submiss