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Discuss the ways in which the two writers create heroes and villains. How do the Authors manipulate our responses?

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Fraser Mason 10 Bridge 28/05/01 Discuss the ways in which the two writers create heroes and villains. How do the Authors manipulate our responses? The two books that I will be analysing are 'The Invisible Man' by Herbert George Wells and 'The Murderer' by Ray Bradbury. Both writers concerned with write within the science-fiction genre. 'The Invisible Man', though the title gives the surprise in the book away, is the story of a young scientist named Griffin who pursues the knowledge to create invisibility for himself. Set in the 19th Century, the book follows him chasing after his books that had been stolen. 'The Murderer' is a story set in the future, though it was written in the 1960's. It focuses on a Mr Albert Brock who becomes frustrated by mans reliability on the machine. Acting on this frustration, he decides to end the 'lives' of these machines and dubs himself the 'Murderer'. His actions lead him into a mental institution where the story is set from the beginning and he is telling the psychiatrist his problems. ...read more.


The largest change of feeling about Griffin comes at the close of the story when he is savagely beaten and killed by the navvies (to the disagreement of Dr. Kemp). When Griffin becomes visible again and is bruised and broken, even the characters in the book feel sorry for him. Griffin was, after all, one of the greatest scientific minds the world had produced. Throughout the progress of 'The Invisible Man' the personal profile of Griffin shows that he is a very stubborn person and also very paranoid. We can view his paranoia in the story when he talks of his time in London, developing his theory of Invisibility. The only reason he is in London is so he can hide away in his apartment and work, to the annoyance of his neighbours. Griffin does not pay his landlord for the rent of his apartment and in this time creates invisibility for himself. After teasing the Jewish residents of the apartment building he sets it on fire, another factor adding to the villainous character Wells may be portraying. ...read more.


Older people would like to think Brock a hero as they have been used to no technology so they are happy that he is getting rid of it. The other main character in 'The Invisible Man' is Dr. Kemp. Kemp knew Griffin when they were at school together studying science. Kemp is amazed and befriends Griffin but soon regrets it as he sees Griffin as the monster he is. Griffin then has a vengeance to kill him, as he is rather sour. Kemp stops Griffins reign of Terror on the world when he persuades him into the town when Griffin is chasing him. The Navvies in the town get a hold of him and beat him to death. Kemp did not want this to happen, as he is the only person in the book that appreciated Griffin for his scientific prowess. There are no other real characters in 'The Murderer' that could be a hero or villain type character. The other character mentioned is his uncle that possibly started his techno phobia. His uncle used to believe that telephones were merely voices without bodies. ...read more.

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