191 midterm - Nate McKnight English 191 Midterm Part One...

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Nate McKnight English 191 – Midterm Part One – Prompt 2 Both Griffin of Invisible Man and Victor of Frankenstein are what we might classify as mad scientists. They have a need to create something never before done, against the persecution of the unbelieving science community. Although they differ in what they create, they both become successful in their quest towards a larger understanding of the scientific unknown. But the two end their tales in different states of mind, to which one might derive a certain sense of judgment in each. Of the two mad scientists one would most likely point towards Griffin as the less likable. His breakthrough was not to benefit the world or for the scientific community; it was simply for his personal gain. One might argue the same against Victor but he had very little gain from his creation His was rather to prove a human could create life from an unanimated body, in which he was going to show to the rest of the world. Griffin does not share his secret with anyone, he even has a coded journal where he keeps his formulas and notes. Victor does not share his secret either but he believes his creation is a menace and a monster and therefore should never be repeated. Griffin is a static character; he never changes throughout his tale, nor does he learn his lesson. He is greedy, selfish, uncaring and arrogant. He steals money from his father which becomes the cause of his death and never sheds a tear. He creates the invisibility potion for personal gain and even after creating it he says “all this isn’t half so wonderful as you think (Wells 49)” unimpressed with his own doings. While talking to the closest person resembling a
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friend, Griffin ‘refused to accept Kemp’s word that [Kemp’s] freedom should be respected (Wells 88)’. He barges into Kemp’s home in the middle of the night because he needs help. He is a man who thinks only of himself and must satisfy his needs in place of Kemp’s privacy. Griffin’s only other acquaintance, Thomas Marvel, is used and abused by him and when he tries
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