Literary Criticism Of The Invisible Man

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Literary Analysis of The Invisible Man The Invisible Man written by H.G Wells revolves around a scientist named Griffin who accidentally stumbles upon a way to make a person invisible for however long it lasts. Griffin, the invisible man, first appears as a mysterious stranger, bandaged and seeking shelter but progressively transforms into a careless being with a mission to create a reign of terror. Griffin gradually loses his mind and enjoys the power that he has being invisible. Later on in the story, power overcomes the best of him. Numerous literary devices such as the theme of invisibility, the dog as a symbol, and blinds to represent a motif are important to the literary structure of the novel. In The Invisible Man, Griffin discovers the invisibility because of a science discovery that accidentally happened. Invisibility comes a long way for Griffin. Later on in the novel, he uses invisibility to establish a reign of terror, instead of being used for a good cause. In Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction, science fiction scholar James Gunn points out that Griffin used invisibility for his own self gain instead of the benefit of society (Gunn 22). Kemp comes to mind of the hazards and the ability to be invisible. He states ¨He is mad, he is pure selfishness.¨ He also states Griffin thinks "of nothing but his own advantage, his own safety"(Wells 145). Griffin plans to use invisibility for his own wants, even if it involves inflicting pain
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