Summary Of ' The Invisible Man '

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The invisible man begins his journey as a young, naïve student who is bewildered as he experiences his first taste of blindness. The narrator is a gifted, student with a specialty orating speeches; he and a few other boys are invited to a ceremony but are actually used for “white entertainment”. They are forced to look upon an unattainable American dream, represented by a nude woman, “…and in the center, facing us, stood a magnificent blonde—stark naked[…]Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked[…]I wanted at one and the same time to run from the room, to sink through the floor, or go to her and cover her from my eyes and the eyes of the others with my body, to feel the soft thighs, to caress her and destroy her, to love her and murder her, to hide from her, and yet to stroke her below the small American flag tattooed upon her belly her thighs formed a capital V” (19). With the woman representing America, African Americans like the narrator were forced to live the American life but were prevented from obtaining the American dream. They were kept in a submissive state, blindly following what “White America” thought best for them. The narrator and the boys are also physically blindfolded, which prevents them from seeing their exploitation as entertainment for the white people, “All ten of us climbed under the ropes and allowed ourselves to be blindfolded with broad bands of white cloth” (21). The symbolism of the white cloth is representative of the

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