This isn't a book about using a superpower to fight evil. (Although, we can totally imagine that book, where the Invisible Man teams up with Captain Nemo to fight crime in late Victorian-era England. Oh, they already did that?) But power is definitely a big piece of the puzzle in The Invisible Man. And not just superpower (i.e. invisibility). The Invisible Man touches on how knowledge – in this case, science – is power and how this power can corrupt. Bottom line: with great power comes great invisibility. Yeah, we went there.
Questions About Power
- Is the Invisible Man always interested in power? Or does this obsession develop over the course of the story?
- Are other characters interested in power in this book? For instance, what power does Mrs. Hall have over Mr. Hall and their servant Millie? How does she exercise this power?
- Where does power – both physical and mental – come from in <em>The Invisible Man</em>?
- How powerful is the narrator of this story? Is he in control of the story?
Chew on This
<em>The Invisible Man </em>shows us that the individual is powerless compared to the larger society.
Power in <em>The Invisible Man </em>is almost always the power to hurt or kill. This shows us that power is ultimately always violent – a way for one individual to harm another.