Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lit Anal 3: Invisible Man

Main Character/Narrator:
  • A gifted speaker
  • 1920's-1930's- lived in the South as a young man
  • Was rewarded with a scholarship to a black college 
Mr. Emerson:
  • He helps the narrator get a low paying job at Liberty Paints plant
    • An explosion happens and the narrator gets knocked out
Plot:
  • A man refuses other people to see him; hiding under a manhole
  • Steals electricity underground
  •  The narrator was introduced into a brotherhood
  • He meets the leader Tom Clifton
  • After the explosion at the plant he loses his memory and ability to speak
"Brotherhood"
  • They are all suppose to be brothers and have a bond
  • However, the narrator gets betrayed by them and wants revenge
  • He seduces a lady to find out secrets about the group
Themes:
  • Racism
    • The man struggles to find his identity
    • racial prejudice
  • Ideology
    • inner self complexity
  • Stereotypes
    • African American trying to escape prejudice
Literary Elements:
  • Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
  • Liberty paints- demonstrated the relation to black/white (symbolism) 
  • Sambo doll- puppeteers dolls in same way the brotherhood manipulated the leader and the narrator 

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