The Invisible Man: Science Meets Human Nature Essay

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H.G. Wells is known as the father of science fiction. During his life time he wrote many science fiction novels seeming to predict the future. At the time most of his ideas seemed obscure but now readers can see how similar his stories are to their lives. With each passing moment technology becomes more and more advanced and causes changes in society. Abortion and genetic mutation have become prime issues. Do humans have the right to “play God”? Is technology more hurtful than beneficial? How does the inventions science create affect human nature? H.G. Wells answers those questions in his novel, The Invisible Man. The main character Griffin or “the stranger” (Wells 1) discovers a new creation (invisibility) that gives him tremendous…show more content…
In the early section of the book, readers see many examples of how he keeps to himself. Once bitten by a dog that rips his sleeve and pants he runs back into the inn to get a new set of clothes (Wells 15). He tries his best to hide his secret. Readers get the impression he does not like being invisible and is wishing to find an antidote. Griffin mysteriously sits in the inn while villagers hypothesize about the strange appearance of this man. Unfortunately, “in the absence of any facts, however, their hypotheses fail to reveal anything concrete about him” (Sirabian 389). Rumors range from a horrific accident, a fugitive, a piebald, or just a harmless lunatic. As of now no one thinks the stranger will be a harmful threat to the society which is very wrong. Griffin’s character is more complex than that just as “Invisible Man has a greater depth of content and seriousness of purpose” (Cantor 91) than just a story about an invisible man. Readers soon see the change of Griffin from a quiet, reserved man to a more violent man causing harm among the town. As the novel progresses, Griffin reveals more and more of his identity. In chapter four, the local general practitioner, Cuss, comes running out of the room after a meeting with the stranger. He confesses to the vicar “there was nothing in it [his sleeve] … Nothing down it, right down to the joint. I could see right down it to the elbow” (Wells 25). Griffin scares Cuss out of his mind and
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