The Invisible Man Essay

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Author: Herbert George Wells, was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866, to a working class family.His mother worked as a maid and housekeeper.After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a schoolarship to the "Normal School of Science" in South Kensington, where he began to write. His first work appeared in May 1887 in the Science Schools Journal -"A Tale of the Twentieth Century". After his studies he worked in poverty in London as a cramer and published his first book "A Textbook of Biology" (1893), which was to remain in print for over forty years. Wells had been in print as a professional writer, since 1891 when the Fortnightly Review published his article "The Rediscovery of the Unique". He lived on his writing in those times. But not until he published his first novel "The Time Machine" (1895) did his literary career start. He was a great believer in socialism, science and progress, he outraged society with the views expressed in "Ann Veronica" and "The New Machiavelli".H.G.Wells died in London, on 13th August 1946 at the age of 79 years, after having survived the First and Second World War.Published : It´s a Longman Book, first published by Longman Fiction in 1993. It was first published in 1897 under the title "The Invisible Man".Type of book: It is one of a number of "scientific romances", early examples of science fiction, that H.G.Wells wrote as a young man. It is a very detailed book, written in a comprehensible language. "The Invisible Man" is a book to be read and discussed many times."A chilling science fiction classic".Subject: It´s a story about Griffin, a scientist who made himself invisible, like a paper with oil on its suface gets invisible. The main setting of the story is in two places. First in Iping, a real existing village in Midhurst district, in Wells, Great Britain, and then at a student colleague's, Dr Kemp's house on the hillside.Because of his invisibility, Griffin has become a madman who has cut himself off from mankind. He sees his discovery only as an advantage to be used against the rest of the world. He has forgotten all rules, lost his moral code and as a result he got inhuman and was finally killed.The story starts in the middle, has a flashback at Dr Kemp's and after that, the plot goes on chronologically. The action is not very complex, just the beginning is a little bit difficult because Wells starts the plot right away. The story has an open beginning, but no open ending. It is about the misuse of science for selfish purposes.Characters: The Invisible Man: His name is Griffin. He is a former student who was so interested in light and its effects, he tried out his invention on himself, and turned himself invisible. But this invisibility is not such a blessing after all. In the beginning of the story, in Mrs. Hall's inn, Griffin, who has to be muffled up to the chin, wear a hat, dark glasses, gloves and a bandage round his head, is already affected by his sufferings and...

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