[2015] Spencer Shirley: The Invisible Man

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[2015] Spencer Shirley: The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

Gone and forgotten but still thereI would give this story a 4 out of 5 stars. It met my expectations and was able to keep me intrigued throughout the book. H.G. Wells writing style is very unique in the way of how he can connect a world where technology has not gone far and concepts that could be of our modern times. He writes the book in a thrid person narative so I can understand what all characters are thinking and going through better, which I admire the difficulty of the task to do so. Wells keeps you in a place of confusion of who to side with throughout the story. Should I side with a man lost in a state of agony? Or should I side with the towns people who have done nothing wrong to deserve the treatment they are retrieving? The only thing I did not like about this book was its sudden ending. A lot of energy and momentum gets built up towards the end and then it suddenly ends. I find that the ending was not entirely satisfactory but overall it was a very good book.

SettingsWhen Griffin first became invisible he was in London. (This was happening most likely in February of the 1800s.) He said that "[he] gathered dirt about [his] ankles, floating smutsa and dust upon [his] skin." (pg120) London was not an easy place to be invisible so Griffin had to find a disguise and go else where. When Griffin first made it to Iping "[he] came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow..." (pg 9) He spent his time in Iping trying to figure out how to become visible again but one thing lead to another and he had to flee. He went to Port Burdock and requested help from an old college buddy and before he knew it his time was up.

Mr. Griffin (The Invisible Man)He is an invisible man but to be "...his forehead above his blue glasses was covered by a white bandage, and... another covered his ears, leaving not a scrap of his face exposed excepting only his pink, peaked nose... The thick black hair, escaping as it could below and between the cross bandages, projected in curious tails and horns, giving him the strangest appearance conceivable." (pg11) Before being invisible Griffin was an albino. Griffin went to college with Kemp and stole money from his father to fund his work. He devoloped the idea of invisiblity and became obsessed with it before he made himself invisible. After becoming invisible he stole and killed to find a way to become visible again.

Text refrenced to the World: Using themantic connectionsThe Invisible Man doesn't want help from others. He believes that "in all [his] greatest moments [he] had been alone." (pg99) Griffin believed that he could live a succesful life and claim all his works to himself if he did not work with others. He had been working and getting farther and farther into his work when he had unexpected troubles with people. Furthermore, he explained to Kemp, "By heavens, Kemp, you don't know what rage is! To have worked for years, to have planned and plotted, and then to get some fumbling purblind idiot messing across your course!" (pg128) If Griffin had people to help him he would not have had failed in his plans. We like Griffin believe that we can do things on our own and that we dont need help from others but that simply is not true. We need help from others just as Griffin did.

Thomas Marvel"You must picture Mr. THomas Marvel as a person of copios, flexible visage, a nose of cylindrical protusion, a liquorish, ample, fluctuating mount, and a beard of bristling eccentricity. His figure inclined to embonpoint; his short limbs accentuated this inclination." (pg49) "...he did everything in a leisurely manner."(pg 49) Thomas was trainwreck from the moment Griffin found him. He was forced to help Griffin and from the very first moment he met him, he wanted to get away. He later is successful in this and, without thinking of it at the time, he helped save Port Burdock.

Doctor Arthur KempThe narator of the book describes "Doctor Kemp [as] a tall and slender yound man, with flaxen hair and a moustache almost white, and the work he was upon would earn him, he hoped, the fellowship of the Royal Society, so highly he did think of it." (76) Doctor Kemp was a diligent worker and was willing to help Griffin when he was in need. Later after making a few realizations he was even able to set aside some previous feelings he had and do what was right.

Spencer Shirley Period 5 Thaler 12/6/2015


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