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Show how H.G. Wells presents the theme of loneliness and its effects upon one of the characters in the novel, 'The Invisible Man'.

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Show how H.G. Wells presents the theme of loneliness and its effects upon one of the characters in the novel, 'The Invisible Man' H.G Wells was born near London in 1866. Whilst at school of science where he studied biology, he went on to become a writer of science-fiction-novels his first published novel being 'The Time Machine' in 1895. He then went on to write many other novels such as, 'The War of the Worlds', 'Love and Mc. Lewisham', 'Anticipations' and 'The Invisible Man'. A key idea of the late 19th century was nihilism - the fact that eventually, the human race will wipe itself out through war. This pessimistic view is apparent in many of Wells' works, and those of other authors including George Orwell. In fact, George Orwell borrowed many ideas from H.G. Wells. Throughout this essay I will explore the themes of loneliness and its effects upon Griffin. The story of 'The Invisible Man' is set in England and the majority of it is based in Iping. 'Who is this strange, aloof man who has so suddenly appeared in the Coach and Horses?' The character, which these quotations are written about, is Griffin: the scientist who, in 'The Invisible Man' by H.G. Wells, has succeeded in turning himself invisible. It is certain that this character in particular within the novel, is a secluded person. ...read more.

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I feel that Griffin thinks that he is sociably higher than anyone in the village because of his intellectual abilities and avoids the villagers as if he were of higher status or class. Griffin is a lot more educated compared with most of the villagers. This forms another boundary between them and Griffin, as Griffin speaks with better vocabulary while the villagers speak colloquially. An example of this is shown when Marvel says: 'The ?Visible Man! After Me! For Gawd's sake! Elp! Elp! Elp!' Marvel uses colloquial language because Wells wants to make the novel feel more realistic by showing different people by their language. Wells has Dr. Kemp and Griffin to be the only people in the village to be well educated; the only way Wells can show this through a novel is to change the characters speech patterns. He shows that someone with low intellect speaks colloquially, but if there were someone of high intellect, like Dr. Kemp and Griffin, then their education would be shown through their speech. 'It's no devilry. It's a process, sane and intelligible enough', this language would not have been used by the villagers because of their lack of education. Even the children would call Griffin 'Bogey Man!' It seems as though the children have been listening to what their parents say about Griffin. ...read more.

Conclusion

But as time went by he found that he needs others to help him, in particular to provide food and lodging. There are signs that towards the end he is almost resenting his isolation and loneliness and looks for partners. Even when he was looking for a partner his vicious side remained and he tried to use his partner to help him, so that he could gain maximum from the community without giving anything back. Griffins' ambition is to break free of what are undoubtedly material causes of his social isolation, particularly albinism and poverty. All these things point to his loneliness. Being albino we get the feeling he may not have been socially accepted and may have been labelled as a minority. Money, moreover, has no value other than exchange, but to exchange with others one must be capable of being acknowledged by them. To conclude this essay I have learned that the personality Griffin displays include antisocial, emotionally insecure and narcissistic. H.G. Wells presents the theme of loneliness through dialogue behaviour and how others react in the novel 'The Invisible Man'. This book illustrates that it is not a good thing if a person loses his friends by becoming selfish and a target for society to hate. Wells' depiction of loneliness is very relevant to us today. Society is becoming very self-centred. The desire to accumulate wealth is seen as more important than forging relationships. This kind of attitude creates isolation and can lead to loneliness. All of these features point towards a dramatic personality. ...read more.

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