This is what, my third post today? I must be spamming you guys.
Anyway! I was reading “The Invisible Man” just now for my English exam next week, and I realised all the nonsense that is portrayed in the book most likely would happen in real life too, if such situations occur.
If you’re not familiar with the book..
It’s basically about a scientist named Griffin who discovers how to become invisible and applies the experiment on himself (after a trial on a piece of cloth and the neighbour’s cat) believing that he would be invincible and rule the world and all that.
He later finds out that invisibility isn’t all flowers and comfort (everything he eats will be displayed in his system till it digests, ew). So, he happens upon “Coach and Horses Inn” in a small town called Iping where he conducts experiments on how to reverse his condition.
While there, he runs out of money and resorts to stealing. When the town’s locals suspect and confront him, he removes his clothing and becomes invisible, effectively escaping.
Later, he takes on Marvel—a pompous, lazy man who cannot stand up for himself—to be his “accomplice” and promises riches in return. Marvel helps Griffin in stealing back his books and notes from Iping and when the locals find out, Griffin creats chaos. He destructs a lot of property and turns the joyful holiday of “Whit Monday” into one filled with terror. Marvel tries to escape (realising how insane Griffin is) but does not succeed.
After some more chaos in another town “Burdock” and shooting in a bar, Marvel manages to escape with help of others and Griffin gets shot in the leg. The invisible man slyly enters the house of Dr. Kemp to recuperate and both discover that they went to the same university. Griffin tells his whole story to Kemp (full of criminal acts) and later when Griffin sleeps, Kemp alerts a Colonel Adye about him.
Next morning, unsuspecting, Griffin continues his story and talks about how with Kemp’s help he’ll establish a reign of terror because humanity refused to help him and what-not. Griffin hears Adye arriving with constables then, realises that he has been betrayed and escapes.
Following is a lockdown of the whole town with specific instructions on what to be done by Kemp (taken from what Griffin told him in confidence, ironically).
A lot of fighting and hunting ensues, Adye gets shot (*sniff* good guy and his death wasn’t given much importance), Kemp is hurt and Griffin is finally killed. His invisibility wears off once he dies.
When at last the crowd made way for Kemp to stand erect, there lay, naked and pitiful on the ground, the bruised and broken body of a young man about thirty. His hair and brow were white—not grey with age, but white with the whiteness of albinism—and his eyes were like garnets. His hands were clenched, his eyes wide open, and his expression was one of anger and dismay.
Ah well, he deserved it.
The epilogue shows Marvel owning an inn in Port Stowe named “The Invisible Man” and how he has those three books of Griffin’s. He reads them after ten pm on every sunday night and imagines what he would do when he understands those secrets (but he wouldn’t do what he did, not at all). No one will find out about the books until his death.
About the main character..
Griffin, a brilliant scientist, ends his life in tragedy. We know he’s selfish, power-hungry and does not give a damn about any victims. I could go on about his character because my class had to analyse him and most other characters which were present for more than five chapters, but I don’t want to lengthen this post anymore.
I hadn’t meant for this post to be an informal-review of the novel but, well.
My point when I began this post was, how even today if one single person unlocked the secret of invisibility or something like that, there is a LOT of probability that he would keep it for himself. After all, we all want to be rich and famous and powerful (HA!).
I’d read quite some articles last year where it says that scientists of *some place* are passing stepping stones on this discovery. Something to do with bending of light and a lot of other physics terms.
Once the knowledge is sure as a rock, will we not have the same problem of it landing in the wrong hands and ensuing chaos? After all, our world is now much more connected than in the novel—with social media, aeroplanes and so much else for travel. Fugitives, being visible, too escape with not much difficulty.
What do you think of the story, Griffin’s character and everything that I’ve typed in this post? Tell me your opinions in the comments below!