H. G. Wells’s The Invisible Man: A Precursor To The Anonymous Netizen
The research paper focuses on H. G. Wells’s novel The Invisible Man from a contemporary lens. In the novel, Griffin is a young scientist who chances upon the secret to invisibility. When he turns invisible he feels indestructible, and this inspires a spate of violence. It is felt that Griffin’s motives and activities are not dissimilar to the anonymous Internet user of today. Comparing these two subjects is the cornerstone of this research paper. Drawing the line between freedom of expression and offending of sensibilities has always been a complicated task.
Developing a scientific temper is vital, yes, but there is also the need to consider its implications on society. One person’s right cannot infringe on another person’s freedom. Science fiction is a genre that usually does not find appreciation within the literary canon. Internet anymity offers the possibility of technology without boundaries. The scope of this paper extends beyond literature to include psychology, philosophy, and Internet studies.
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