Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Insights Into The Invisible Man - HG Wells
Griffin makes his discovery in his living quarters, a small room in London. As he is run out of the building because of suspicion by his landlord, he burns the place down using the radiator gas line. And it is here, during his escape, that I found the book to really begin. He takes to the streets where he impacts minor harm on a department store and the local residences. While trying to escape authorities and further harm on himself, he keeps running (bumping) into people. No one can see him, so no one can avoid him. He has the power of invisibility, yet his power is perceived and not actually developing into anything substantial. He is weakened, actually, as he flees from the authorities and even the locals with whom he has impact with. And this is where we see Griffin turn into villain. He begins to go mad! His friend and colleague, Kemp turns on him. He alerts the police to his presence, but before he is caught he puts up a wounding an officer, and causing more harm. Griffin is wounded in the fight and only when he bleeds does he become visible. His blood runs as red as mine as he flees from his pursuers. Eventually, he is caught by a mob and beaten to death! As he dies, his pale and albino body comes to form, and we are taken by surprise at the young man, dead.
To me, the book represents how our own misconceptions of self, created by isolation or delusion, almost turn us invisible to our fellow man. We cloud our minds with grandeur and self-elevate. Our sense of self goes well-beyond our true nature. Our invisibility is our own. Yet, we still exist in this culture, our world. Just as Griffin discovers in the book. He tries to escape the reality of his situation, but finds that he is almost invisible even to himself. He turns from whom he once was to a monster - a misunderstood one at that - even by his friend Kemp.
If you haven't read the book, I suggest you do! An excellent read, and entertaining!