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Blindness And Invisibility In Invisible Man

737 words - 3 pages

As the story of the” Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison continues, the reader is able to explicitly see his journey in college. Invisibility as well as blindness is evident in these stories. Through the use of metaphor and vivid details the author once again conveys his message of how invisibility is a major part in his life.
Though the stories may seem “out of place” at first transitioning to the present and past, the style shows how the narrator has learned from his experiences. When the narrator mentions the founder of his school, Mr. Norton, a wealthy and intelligent man, the author praises him as if he were a god. He explains how Mr. Norton’s opening the school affected the entire Negro race in a positive way. Giving them opportunities to better themselves and show they are just as capable as any other.
When the author drives Mr. Norton they pass several log cabins, one of which belongs to Jim Trueblood. Jim Trueblood has a bad reputation for committing what many see as a crime. He raped his daughter and enjoyed it. Jim Trueblood is blind in a sense that he doesn’t realize why he is being treated with “respect” by the whites. They give him money and food and treat him as though he were a friend. He is unconsciously proving the stereotypes that black men are savages.
As we progress to chapter 4 to 6 we are introduced to a man named Dr. Bledsoe, a black man who runs the school. Mr. Norton explains that the narrator did nothing wrong and should not be punished. Dr. Bledsoe agrees and lets the narrator off. However when Mr. Norton leaves he changes completely. He has a different personality. The once subservient man was now the one with authority. He scolds the narrator and says he should have disobeyed Mr. Norton and not have taken him to Trueblood’s cabin. He is amazed at his inability to lie; stating that lying was the only way to please the whites.
This shows a lot about Dr. Bledsoe’s character. It also shows how blind both he and the whites are. Dr. Bledsoe is what I would label a “kiss ass”. Acting polite and obeying...

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