The Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison

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The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is a story told from the first person point of view. The protagonist – who remains nameless – is speaking from the present but looking back on his past. In the first chapter, he talks about his grandfather, a freed slave, and his death. He talks about how his grandfather, someone who lived a quiet life, spoke in such a hateful way. The narrator, who now lives a quiet life just like his grandfather, remembers the words he said as he was dying, “agree ’em to death and destruction,” speaking of how the black community would “destroy” the white community. The words his grandfather said still haunt him, however, he insists on living a humble and quiet life. In fact, in his high school graduation speech he…show more content…
Defender of the Faith by Philip Roth is an excerpt from his story, “Goodbye, Columbus” and is written from the first person point of view. Sergeant Marx, the narrator is unwillingly made the “defender of the faith” when a soldier, Grossbart is continually asking to be excused from things because of his faith, a faith that Marx shares. Eventually, Grossbart begins to take advantage of Marx’s willingness to defend their faith and doesn’t find out for a while longer that Grossbart has been lying to him the entire time and going other places. Marx’s tone starts out strict and has seemed to have lost any compassion he may have had in the past. Marx removed himself from his emotions in order to deal with what the army throws at him – in terms of enlistment and shipment overseas. In fact, Marx said that he was “fortunate enough” to travel “the weirdest of paths without feeling a thing.” Marx learns through the story that people would try to use generic excuses and exploit faith to get out of things they did not want to do or to “avoid their fate” which is something that he had accepted as a soldier and was angry that his soldiers had not done the same. After finding out what Grossbart has been doing – exploiting the Jewish faith- he changes Grossbart’s mission. This, was Marx’s version of “tough love” – looking out for Grossbart and his

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