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At eighteen, he went to work as a teacher in a residential school. His career flourished after that, and he won a scholarship to work under the great biologist, Thomas Huxley in London.
He began writing science fiction stories in with the publication of The Time Machine, where he proposed the concept of selective time travel. Several other extremely popular Sci-Fi novels and short stories followed, interspersed with romantic stories, novels, ghost stories, film scripts, articles, satirical novels, historical and political treatises and non-fiction papers.
Wells was an extremely prolific writer and continues to inspire generations of writers even today. The Invisible Man is a book that evokes great interest among readers of all ages and is an important landmark in the history of Sci-Fi writing. One dark and stormy night, a stranger arrives in West Sussex at a village inn. Based on scientific theories of optics and physics, this story instantly caught the imagination of readers and has been regularly adapted to film, television and radio since it first made its appearance more than a hundred years ago.
Herbert George Wells' writing career owes itself to an accident suffered in childhood. As an eight year old boy, he was once confined to bed with a broken leg. His father, a professional cricketer and failed businessman, regularly brought him books from the local library so that he could pass the time.
His father's financial troubles compelled his mother to go to work as a lady's maid in a local mansion, while the children were put to work as apprentices with various local tradesmen. For Wells, this was one of the most unhappy, yet also the most profitable times in his life.
The mansion where his mother worked had an enormous library where the child continued to read and educate himself. Clothing provides much needed physiological protection—warmth and safety from the elements—as well as offering psychological protection from the dehumanising effects of invisibility.
That requires covering oneself—even if, as in many cultures, this is done merely through symbolic ornaments or a spe- cific inner attitude that regulates the act of looking. Clothing is usually seen as offering up a way to shield our- selves, but for the Invisible Man, it is also a symbol of human qualities. By donning clothes his body takes a visible form that is otherwise not afforded.
It offers up a way to exist within society and be recognised as a human be- ing, albeit an outcast. Yet the Invisible Man has no intention of assimilating into society. Drawbacks I saw none. You have only to think!
And I, a shabby, poverty-struck, hemmed-in dem- onstrator, teaching fools in a provincial college, might suddenly become— this. His intentions are far from noble— to rob a little, to hurt a little, and ultimately to begin a Reign of Terror. To achieve this, he needs an accomplice: he reaches out to both Marvel and Dr. Kemp in an effort to realise his plans, though neither are willing to play a part. In confiding to Kemp, the Invisible Man wants to be known and under- stood and through this, we learn more of his identity—Griffin, formerly of University College.
For the first time in the novel, he is transparent, speak- ing candidly about how he came to be transformed into a state of invisibility and his motives in doing so. It transpires that he has thrown himself into the act with no thought of repercussions, realities, or the ethical and social im- pacts of becoming invisible, or creating other invisible beings. His first ex- periments are carried out on a scrap of white fabric that vanishes and on an elderly neighbour's white cat, which fades away except for the dark pig- ments in its claws and the reflective tissue in its eyes.
Fuelled by stimulant drugs, anger at his prying landlord, and his relative success in lowering the refractive index of a creature, Griffin impulsively transforms himself into the Invisible Man.
He relates to Kemp the horrible process which includes us- ing drugs to bleach his blood and the help of a cheap gas engine that works two dynamos radiating a vibrational frequency: A night of racking anguish, sickness and fainting.
I set my teeth, though my skin was presently afire, all my body afire; but I lay there like grim death. I shall never forget that dawn, and the strange horror of seeing that my hands had become as clouded glass, and watching them grow clearer and thinner as the day went by, until at last I could see the sickly disorder of my room through them, though I closed my trans- parent eyelids.
My limbs became glassy, the bones and arteries faded, vanished, and the little white nerves went last. It is a sign of his rash haste and rejection of social values that, despite having mastered the skill, he does not make invisible clothes.
Instead, he chooses to cover his traces by burning his scientific equipment and the Portland Street home, and then flees naked from the scene.
He has lost the ability to see a face looking back at him in the mirror: he has become anonymous, unseen and unaccountable for the actions he takes, which he uses to exploit people around him.
Interestingly, it is not in an invisible state that he sees himself as mon- strous, but when he is made half-visible. He must address the difficulty of fulfilling basic human needs with- out the support of society—even Marvel, the tramp, has the ability to beg for shoes and alms. Socially unacknowledged, the Invisible Man must learn to survive without shelter or clothing, depriving himself of food so that the unassimilated matter does not make him half-visible.
When he does pro- cure clothing, he must find ways to use garments and props to conceal his invisibility in order to rejoin society. He comes to recognise that invisibility may allow him to gain objects of desire, but he personally cannot enjoy these spoils without being acknowledged within a social milieu. The Invisi- ble Man no longer envisages himself as a socialised individual but as a subhuman, an inhabited space within clothing, a space around undigested food, and a hollow amongst the elements.
Having lost a vital form of human language—the visualised body as an expressive text—he does not have the ability to see his body and its mirrored image. It is as if his own skin has been violated, and the dark empti- ness revealed within is a sudden, visual reminder of his Otherness.
Science, Revelation, and the Possibility of Redemption Part of the horror of the Invisible Man is that he is a product of his own creation. He embodies both the potentials and ethical pitfalls of scientific discovery.
Through his confession to Kemp, he is revealed as a brilliant young scientist who has made a remarkable discovery but has been cor- rupted by his own power and selfish motivations. In order to continue his work, he resorts to stealing from his father, who commits suicide as a result. Both are scientists and alumni of the same uni- versity, yet they stand in stark opposition to one another. Kemp is the ideal, socially responsible scientist, engaged with the broader scientific commu- nity through his work and practising out of a pleasant and orderly study.
The casual violence and angry outbursts of the first half of the novel are contextualised within a wider series of events and selfish motivations. He feels no remorse for his father's death and is indifferent to the suffering of others; he believes that the sundry beatings, burglary, arson, and amoral behaviour that have brought him to this point are acts of necessity that he has been driven to perform.
He is outraged by what he perceives to be a great injustice: being denounced for the deeds he had to perform in order to survive. He has not simply retreated from society to withhold his work but has imposed his power upon others, expressing an inner attitude that belies his claims of ordinariness and instead shows that he regards himself as above common social values.
This is highlighted in the dramatic public unveiling of his true form to the Iping people when the Invisible Man exclaims: 'You don't understand … who I am or what I am.
I'll show you. By Heaven! It was worse than anything. Hall, standing openmouthed and horror-struck, shrieked at what she saw, and made for the door of the house.
Everyone began to move. They were prepared for scars, disfigurements, tangible horrors, but noth- ing! In this passage, he aims to reveal not his ordinariness but his extraordinary nature to the villagers. The villagers are understanda- bly horrified by the invisible body in their midst.
They have been provided with various sensory clues as to the Invisible Man's form but in the early stages of the novel are unable to piece together the evidence at their dis- posal due to limited experience, imagination, and scientific understanding. He does not account for the fact that the unseen can still be in- ferred through a combination of the other senses; his scent, sounds, ac- tions, touch, and traces of his passage are discernible to a keen observer.
In Chapter 15 they collec- tively identify the Invisible Man through the disembodied sound of the pant- ing of breath and feet running along the road. Conclusion Through the analysis of the interplay between revelation and the unseen in The Invisible Man, we are able to speculate on the ways that skin, body, and garments can be culturally communicative media that function at the forefront of social survival.
Concealed from sight, the Invisible Man faces great difficulty operating within society. He remains unrecognised as a hu- man being in need of shelter, food, and support.
Without a visualised form, he is distanced from the subtle ways that bodies are encoded and inter- preted within a social context. His invisible skin and body are inscrutable, inhibiting his ability to engage in exchanges of social dialogue. He is unable to convey visual information about his spatial location or presence, and cannot use emphatic gesture effectively: his expressions, state of health, and gaze cannot be observed or interpreted.