Critique of “The Invisible Man”
itself is a hard one, but sometimes unforeseen obstacles make this journey
serve? Isn’t is said that a man’s actions speak louder than his words? In this
story, the man’s actions go hand in hand with his words, to make him desired by
some, feared and hated by others.
scholarship meant to physically destroy the competition. It showed that to get
an education he had to act the exact opposite of an educated man. He had to
rely upon his own primitive brutality to insure his education. He was then
mocked by having to recite a speech he was to memorize, which showed the total
of the college he attended. Mr. Norton was a well educated but very ignorant
man. He felt that the college was doing all of the good that could be done. He
had no idea of the evils that dwelled upon the grounds. Dr. Bledsoe, the head
of the college, had arranged for Mr. Norton to go for a tour of the grounds, but
didn’t expect for him to see ?everything? at the college. Mr. Norton asked to
see some of the more unseen areas of the college, so the driver had to oblige
the many evils we come across in our lives that appear like shadows, taking us
relevance. When you choose to ignore the bad things in life you become weak,
The next destination they reach is the Golden Day, a hotel/brothel which
happens when problems are not kept in check. Inside the Golden Day exist some
Sanitarium Patients who represent the many faces of society. What is normal?
These patients may have been average citizens one day, but the strains of
society have taken their toll upon them. The struggle to blend in with society
has caused them such stress that it has robbed them of their sanity. These
peoples’s journeys have had to many twists and turns which they could not
After returning, Dr. Bledsoe was informed of what had happened. In a rage
he blamed the driver for everything. This shows society’s need to blame someone
or something. Nothing can be what it appears to be. Someone has to be blamed
entire dreams unknowingly destroyed.
The man with no name is instructed to go to work for the summer to earn
money for the next semester, which he unknowingly will never see. He is given
letters to deliver to different businessmen in order to get a job. These
letters speak badly of him. Which he discovers when one of the secretaries
of his domain, the basement, where the work that no one else wants to do is done.
basement and knows where everything is. This shows how an ego can be dangerous.
Brockway is willing to kill to keep his position. Even though it may seem like
nothing to everyone else, to him, it is his life. It’s his only reason to exist,
and he doesn’t want anyone to take it from him. When an accident occurs he
blames it upon his assistant, who is severely hurt during the accident.
The man with no name awakes in some kind of hospital to find he has
undergone some kind of surgery. The surgery, I believe, represents the great
changes that everyone must go through in order to get accepted into society.
Even though they may be done against our will, or unknowingly to us.
He awakes to stumble out into the street to be discovered by Mary, a kind
upon his journey. She gives him the kindness and support that he needs during
this difficult time of his life.
black couple being evicted. He gives a speech denouncing the actions of the
roof tops. A man who heard his speech offers him a job as a speaker for his ?
Brotherhood?, which is a combined group of white and black people working for a
failure. His gift of speech is a double-edged sword, it will be the source of
his success, but it will lead to his being used and eventually discarded like a
used paper cup.
Over the next few months he is trained and groomed like a pig to be sent to
slaughter. He is then sent to speak to the people in Harlem to try and unite
them together. During this time he meets two unique people, one of which is Ras
the Exhorter. Ras wants to lead a violent revolution of Harlem. He is the evil
of Harlem incarnate, he has no compassion for the people, he doesn’t care who
dies as long as his will is served. Ras does not believe that white and black
people should work together.
The other person he meets is Clifton, a black man, in charge of his
security. Clifton is a person who believes in all people working together, he
often violently renounces Ras the Exhorter.
article only deals with an individual and not the whole Brotherhood. This leads
to the man with no name to be moved out of Harlem for a short time.
After returning to Harlem, he finds that Ras has taken almost total control.
He sees Clifton on the street selling small black dolls. This shows how society
can crush a man’s will. After an argument with a cop Clifton is shot and killed,
Brotherhood, their inability to forgive their own members. He finally leaves
the Brotherhood learning that they valued him for his gift of speech not his
view. It is so common for people not to look at the inner abilities of a person,
they are often more than they seem.
A riot commences and he sees the true purpose of the Brotherhood, to have
Harlem destroy itself. This leads to the utter destruction of all he believes
in. His journey has led to a turn that passed through hell itself. All he had
worked for was for nothing. He was used and had no idea that it had happened.
The reason I believe the book was named The Invisible Man, was for one simple
reason, he was one of society’s nameless victims.
and trained as a musician. He wrote many short stories and fiction for
magazines. The Invisible Man won him the Nation Book Award and the Russwurm
Award. He was a charter member of the National Council on the Arts and
Humanities. He died in 1994.
was strong enough to take the job of chauffeuring Mr. Norton, but he didn’t
realize that he shouldn’t take him to certain areas on campus. He was a very
trusting character, which may be a good trait, but it could get you into alot of
trouble. A good example of this is how he trusted the Brotherhood to support
the hardships that he had faced throughout his journey he stuck with his ideas.
The Invisible Man has many ties with reality in the sense that it shows how
cruel and brutal life can be. Our main character worked hard to get into school
at the factory. The final and most devastating blow is dealt by the Brotherhood.
They took him in as one of their own and made him feel welcome. The made it
seem as though they were working for the same goals they he was. Only to betray
him in the end and use him for their own misguided wants.
strong yet naive. They both endure many tragedies. Although the ones in Hamlet
are closely related to family, they both deceive the main characters to destroy
their dreams. The main characters both fight back though, they defend their
beliefs viciously never giving in to their enemies.