Hugues De Montalembert's Invisible

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The ending of Hugues de Montalembert’s memoir, “Invisible”, leaves the reader with a sense of empowerment and control of their own destiny. Although, this is not the theme that Montalembert was portraying at the beginning of the story. At first he talked about all the negative aspects associated with being blind. For example, the author mentioned that when he woke up the next day after becoming blind he felt as if he has transformed into a new person (Montalembert, 4). This shows that he looks at blindness as a disability that changes who he is as a person completely. This disability should only change his vision, and not the aspirations and character of who it affects. In addition, Montalembert said that although he is blind, his brain still creates images which were often times morbid (5). By sharing this occurrence with his readers, the authors enhances the negative traits associated with blindness and shows how he still hasn’t accepted his new self. About half way through the memoir, Montalembert experiences a turning point in his outlook on his blindness when he wonders away from the Lighthouse on his own at…show more content…
In Mairs’ essay she shares an anecdote in which she is on her way to vacation with her family and begins experiencing a strange feeling in her leg. After informing her husband, who asked what should be done, Mairs responded, “I think we better get the hell to California” (Mairs, 19). This story shows that she doesn’t let her disease stop her from living her life. Just like Montalembert refuses to allow his blindness to cease his traveling alone around the world. Both have come to terms with their disability and realize that although it may change them physically, they do not allow their disability to stop them from achieving their goals and
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