Invisible Battles: Emotions and Moral Dilemma in H.G. Wells Masterwork The Invisible Man


  • J. Jenifer Holy Cross College (Autonomous) , Affiliated to Bharathidasan University ,Tiruchirappalli – (620002)


Trauma, invisibility, isolation, identity loss, paranoia, scientific experimentation, ethical dilemmas, psychological challenges, H.G. Wells.


The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells delves into the theme of trauma as it unfolds through the protagonist, Griffin, who undergoes a transformative scientific experiment, rendering him invisible. This metamorphosis instigates profound psychological and emotional challenges, marked by themes of isolation, alienation, and identity loss. Griffin’s invisible state amplifies his struggle, manifesting in violent outbursts and heightened paranoia due to the constant threat of discovery. The narrative serves as an exploration of the trauma inflicted upon an individual grappling with the consequences of unchecked scientific ambition. The invisible condition becomes a metaphor for the isolation and detachment experienced by those who endure psychological trauma. Wells uses Griffin’s plight to underscore the ethical quandaries of scientific experimentation, questioning the boundaries of human knowledge and the potential cost of pursuing advancements without regard for the impact on individuals. The novel, thus, becomes a cautionary tale about the profound and multifaceted trauma that can emerge from the intersection of scientific curiosity and the human condition.


Wells, H.G. The Invisible Man. C. Arthur Pearson, 1897.

Wells, H.G. The Invisible Man. Prakash Books India Pvt. Ltd., 2022.