The narrator of the novel Invisible Man is not literally invisible. Because of other's inabilities to see him for who he is, he has taken to living life underground, in the subway system of New York. The novel focuses on the man's quest for identity and his search for himself. At first, he is a young black man who travels from the South to Harlem and is praised for his public speaking ability. But, the narrator soon learns that the racism of other people limits who he can be.
The Invisible Man is the story of the mysterious Griffin, a scientist who has unlocked the secret to invisibility. Unable to reverse the process, he struggles with feelings of rage and isolation while hiding in Southern England and attempting to further his research. Eventually Griffin descends into a vengeful frenzy and proclaims a Reign of Terror, attacking and killing several people before himself being caught and killed by a mob.