REVIEW - REVIEW THE INVISIBLE MAN 21:00 American Dream o...

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REVIEW   21:00 THE INVISIBLE MAN “American Dream” o the idea that an America offers and almost guarantees an opportunity of happiness and success in ones life. o “… life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” o kind of cliché sounding The concept of Promise vs. Reality o The American Dream pretty much promised that anybody (black or white) can achieve this ‘happiness’ but the narrator continuously gets shot down in the book; time after time Also is discouraged by his race He runs into a lot of problems (money, confrontations, drama, things just not going his way) o The narrator tried sooooo hard to achieve the concept of the dream but race is a pre-determining unavoidable factor People are going to give you or not give you the time of day based on your race Marcus Garvey o A black nationalist o ‘Back to Africa’ movement o Comparable to Ras the Extorter/Destroyer in the book o ALSO parts here and there can be relative to the narrator himself Booker T. Washington o Black respected Founder of Tuskegee University Former slave, known educator o Made a famous speech similar to the one the narrator made during the Battle Royal scene
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Tuskegee Institute o The narrators college that he gets kicked out of in the book goes unnamed (relative to the theme of invisibility) but can be assumed that of Tuskegee University since the founder was Booker T. Washington (statue outside of the college) Didn’t the statue have bird poop on it? NAACP o Debois was one of the founders of the NAACP First black to get a PHD from Harvard Comparable to Brother Jack in the book o NAACP ‘The Brotherhood’ in the book The theme of identity and invisibility o Invisibility The narrators name is never revealed throughout the entire book In the beginning he is living underground, stealing the cities electricity but going unnoticed compared to the rest of the world; living off the scale The university in which the narrator gets kicked out of goes unnamed When the narrator joins The Brotherhood he is given a new identity (which is still not revealed) The invisibility of the identity of Rinehart and his disguises The ‘blindness’ of The Brotherhood; Brother Jacks glass eye falls out One real eye, one fake eye Sees, but yet still doesn’t Liberty Paints The ‘whitest’ paint is actually made from darker shades of paint but they are shielded by a chemical that is headed to hide the dark colors and makes the paint as white as possible Serves as a metaphor of America during the time period in the book
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The ‘blindness’ concept during Battle Royal when the black men are blindfolded and must beat each other animalism The literal ‘blindness’ of Homer Barbee as he honors the Founder The invisibility that the narrator claims to have throughout the entire novel; he
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