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H.G. Wells

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H.G. Wells

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Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The events of The Invisible Man are described by a third-person omniscient narrator in an objective journalistic style. However, there is an exception in Chapters 4 and 19–23. These chapters are presented through a mix of first-person narration as told by Griffin, whose characterization of events may or may not be reliable, and the third-person narrator.


The Invisible Man is told in past tense for all chapters other than the Epilogue. The Epilogue is told in present tense.

About the Title

The full title, The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance, describes the main character, Griffin, who has made himself invisible through a secret process. The subtitle refers to a scientific romance—a term used to describe fantasy before the term science fiction had been coined.


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