Chap 5-7 Analysis

Chap 5-7 Analysis - Will Bauer 1 Period Otsuka 1/23/08 st...

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Will Bauer 1 st Period Otsuka 1/23/08 Chap. 5-7 Analysis Chapters five through seven in “The Invisible Man” give the readers a real look at the double personality of Dr. Bledsoe. Previously, we knew that Dr. Bledsoe put on a “bland mask” (Chapter 4, p. 102) around Mr. Norton to gain an edge in society, but around students he was completely different. He changes from friendly and understanding around white men, to harsh and stern around black students. His image is based solely on his surroundings. Though the narrator doesn’t quite see the connection, Dr. Bledsoe is an exact personification of his grandfather’s final words. As we learn more about Dr. Bledsoe, the reasons for his “mask” image becomes clear. When around the students at the ceremony, the narrator describes Dr. Bledsoe as having a “benign smile of inward concentration…his swift glance carrying a threat for all” (Chapter 5, p. 115). He focuses on his image and how others affect it, thus explaining his “President-like” (Chapter 5, p. 116) appearance to the students.
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