QA The Invisible Man Chapter 21-28

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Q1. What are the drawbacks of being invisible as discovered by Griffin? Ans. Griffin continues to explain his experiences with invisibility. He soon

discovered that being invisible had as many drawbacks as advantages. People ran into him and stepped on him. He had to be continually on guard as to the movements and positions of others in order to avoid accidental contact. To make matters worse, although people could not see him, dogs could detect him with their keen sense of smell. As he had to remain naked, he was soon

uncomfortable. Also, he could not eat, as food was visible until it was fully assimilated into his system.

At one point, he had run up the steps of a house in order to avoid a unit of a marching Salvation Army band. While he waited, two youngsters spotted the prints of his bare feet in the mud. Soon a crowd of people had gathered to look at the “ghost prints.” He leapt over the railing and ran through a bunch of back roads to avoid the press. Fortunately for him, his escape at that time was aided with the distraction created by conflagration engulfing his former dwelling. Q2. The reckless actions and inconsiderate thought-process of Griffin brought his own nemesis. Comment.

Ans. This is true that it’s a story about a person who doesn't fit in with his surroundings. The Invisible Man is a man without family or good friends, whose neighbours don't understand his work. He starts experimenting with the idea of invisibility to get rid of this loneliness. Griffin’s initial error was that he became so obsessed with a single scientific notion that he failed to take consequences into consideration. No doubt, he was not concerned about people because he thought that they considered him to be some kind of mutation. As an albino human, he was already a marginalized individual who did not fit into ordinary society. College was the perfect place for him to fulfil his desire to do something which makes others realise his existence. However, he was so concerned about the possibility of any one getting credit for his discovery that he failed to take

advantage of his exceptional knowledge and achievement. In order to tackle his painful isolation from the society, he became more and more alienated.


Q3. Describe the painful experiences of Griffin in Omniums .

Ans. With a January snowstorm blowing in to London, Griffin needed to find a place to stay. He couldn't get into a house, so he decided to go to a shop where he could get food shelter and clothing. He went to a giant department store named Omniums. Griffin waited until the place closed, then he started searching around for things he could use. He stole some food and clothes. Over by toys, he saw some fake noses, which started him thinking about wigs and other costume stuff that could help him pretend to be normal. He slept in the department store and planned to leave the place in the morning before anyone came. He had nightmares about being forced into his father's grave and buried because no one


could see him. Griffin woke up when the workers came back the next morning, and he almost got caught. The workers chased him around the store. They could see him because he was wearing clothes but once again, Griffin took off his clothes to become invisible. Since he couldn't steal clothes, Griffin had to leave the store with nothing.


Q4. How did finally Griffin manage to create a visible appearance for himself?


Q. Describe the events of Dury Lane costume shop.

Ans. Griffin’s problems increased daily. He had no clothes or shelter and dared not eat. Also, he soon realized that walking through the streets of London was going to result in an accumulation of dirt on his skin- which would make him visible.

He made his way into a costume shop, hoping to find some clothes and dark glasses after the proprietor had gone to bed. In the shopkeeper’s room, he had to stand and watch the man eat his breakfast. Furthermore, the man had exceptionally acute hearing and nearly discovered Griffin several times. When evening came, he was finally able to explore the house and found a pile of old clothes. In his excitement, he forgot about the noise he was making and was nearly caught when the shopkeeper investigated the noise. Unable to see the source, but positive someone was in the house; the proprietor went about locking all the doors in the house and pocketing the keys. In desperation, Griffin struck the old man on the head, then gagged and tied him with a sheet. Then he put together a costume of old clothes, stole all the money he could find and went out into the street.

Q5. How do you feel when Griffin tells his own story to Kemp? Does it make you sympathize with Griffin? Or does he seem like more of a monster when he casually talks about attacking people and stealing from his father?

Ans. The big question here is that how we feel about Griffin. Is he a criminal mad scientist who or a frustrated lonely person who is trying to work things out? We know that he is without friends and family. It seems like no matter where he finds himself, he's isolated from the larger community – he's as alone in Iping as he is in London. Whatever may be reason; his actions can’t be justified by any

standard. His violent rage, his inconsiderate attitude, his extreme actions and his completely selfish and cruel behaviour towards everyone in the story does not let the reader develop any sympathy for him. He indirectly kills his father for his personal gain; he takes advantage of foolish villagers; he is extremely vengeful towards Marvel and does not hesitate to kill anyone who tries to foil his plan. However lonely and discarded, he had no right to indulge in violence and crime as he did.



Q6. Why did Griffin decide to leave London and come to the small town of Iping?

Believing his troubles were over, Griffin went into a restaurant in London and ordered a meal, but soon realized he couldn’t eat it without exposing his invisible face. He ordered the lunch and left, telling the proprietor that he would be back in ten minutes.He knew that he needed a place to work on his formula to get back his visible body. He decided to go to a small town. Thus Griffin went to the Coach & Horses Inn and demanded a private room, explaining that he was “badly disfigured.” Thus he had set himself up at Iping, hoping to find a way to reverse the process of invisibility. He got his books and ordered the equipment he would need. All he wanted was to figure out how to reverse the invisibility treatment Q7. What was the change is Griffin’s plan after he met Dr Kemp? Why did this plan fail?

Ans. After being discovered by the people of Iping, Griffin”s original plan was to to get his books and get out of the country, but that plan changed upon meeting Kemp. He thinks that Kemp can work with him. Together they can set up a “reign of terror” to take full advantage of the Invisibility. Griffin does not realize that Kemp has already betrayed him and is only trying to keep him talking until the police arrive. Kemp stands in front of the window to keep Griffin from seeing the police, but Griffin soon hears them on the stairs and realizes he has been


Griffin quickly begins to disrobe even as Kemp springs to the door and attempts to lock him in. A dropped key spoils the effort as the now invisible Griffin shoves him aside, then hurls his weight at Colonel Adye, the chief of the Burdock Police who is approaching on the stairs. Griffin escapes past two more policemen in the hall; they hear the front door of the house slam violently.


Q8. How do Kemp and Col Adye plan to catch Griffin?

Ans. Kemp explains to Adye that they have to take measures against Griffin because he's insane, a person of extremely dangerous intentions. He tells him that Griffin can cause mayhem in the town with his advantage of invisibility. However, they have some advantages, though. For one thing, they know that Griffin wants to get to Marvel and his stolen books.

Griffin also told Kemp his life story, so they have all that information about him and his disadvantages. Kemp knows that they can keep him unstable by making sure he doesn't get a moment to eat or sleep. And of course, he knows that they can use dogs against Griffin.Kemp even suggests that they put powdered glass


on the roads, but Adye objects calling it inhuman. Kemp counters that Griffin is inhuman too.


Q9. What does Griffin do after leaving Kemp’s house?

After Griffin runs out of Kemp's house, no one is able to trace him for a short while. The whole town is hunting for him and they all seem to be well prepared. They are hunting for him with guns and dogs. To make things worse, Kemp spreads the news that people need to keep the Invisible Man from eating or sleeping.

Unfortunately, that doesn't keep Griffin from killing an old man named

Wicksteed. Since no one was there but Griffin , it is assumed that we'll Wicksteed was beaten to death with an iron rod by the angry and violent Griffin. Although there are no witnesses, some men around there heard a voice "wailing and laughing, sobbing and groaning" and people thinks that maybe Griffin was upset after killing Wicksteed .

Griffin has trouble finding shelter . All the houses are locked and everyone is on guard against him. What's worse is that everyone seems to know the secrets he told to Kemp. Sometime in that day, Griffin finds the time to rest and eat and the next day he was "himself again, active, powerful, angry, and evil”.

CHAPTER 27 Q 10.

In the worst letter ever, Griffin tells Kemp that he is taking charge. He warns him of his reign of terror. The letter also says that Griffin will kill Kemp that day. Kemp has his housekeeper lock up all the windows and gets his revolver ready. He writes a note for Adye, saying that Kemp will act as bait to catch Griffin. Adye shows up later, saying that Griffin grabbed the note from Kemp's servant. So now Griffin knows that Kemp wants to set a trap.

Then Griffin breaks some windows. But there's no way for him to get into Kemp's house because they've anticipated his arrival. This is the siege of Kemp's house. Adye borrows Kemp's gun and tries to go for help, but Griffin trips him up and grabs the gun. At first, Adye refuses to help Griffin, but he changes his mind when he realizes that his own life was in danger. Suddenly Kemp sees Adye attack Griffin and get shot. The shot seems to be fatal.

Kemp's housemaid is coming up the hill with two policemen. At the same time, Griffin has found an axe and is using it to break through the shutters over a window. This is what we call suspense.

Luckily for Kemp, the police get there in time, and he gives them some fireplace pokers to use as clubs. So it's pokers vs. axe-and-revolver, though Griffin isn't a great shot.


Griffin knocks out one of the cops, but the other cop hurts Griffin (by aiming near the axe). There's a snapping sound, so maybe his arm gets broken. Griffin drops his weapons and runs away.

But when the cops look around, they find that Kemp and his housemaid have also run away. That probably doesn't make them feel too great about the guy they just saved.


Q 12. How is Griffin caught finally?

Before now, Kemp's neighbour, Heelas, didn't believe in the Invisible Man. But when he wakes up from a nap and sees Kemp's house broken into and Kemp running toward him, Heelas locks himself inside his house and refuses to help his neighbour.

Kemp continues running towards Burdock. It sounds something like a nightmare: the road is long and empty, and no one in the nearby houses will help him. Still, when Kemp arrives in Burdock, he finds a couple of workmen on the road. When he yells about the Invisible Man, everyone nearby tries to find and hit Griffin. When the Invisible Man grabs Kemp, the navvies knock the Invisible Man down. There is a massive fight between the crowd and the Invisible Man. Kemp tries to get people off of Griffin, but the IM is already not breathing and possibly dead. Everyone crowds around to see what happened, and slowly, the Invisible Man starts to become visible. That's how Griffin's experiment in invisibility ends, with people covering up his "naked and pitiful" body

2. Is the ending of this book happy and just? Are you glad when Griffin is killed and Marvel gets to keep all the stolen money? Are you glad that the invisibility formula is hidden from Kemp, who could recreate it? If you don't think this is all rainbows, what would a happy ending to this story look like?

5. Why did Kemp turn out differently than Griffin? After all, they're both scientists. Is Kemp less isolated than Griffin? Is it simply because Kemp has more money?

6. What does this story make you think about science? Is it as dangerous as Wells makes it seem





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