Invisible Man

The narrator runs into a woman named Mary once he leaves the subway station. When he was leaving the subway station, he passed out on the street, and she took care of him. The narrator was able to get along with her very  well, because she shared his background of being an African-American, and moving to New York from the south. When the narrator is about to leave Mary’s, she offers him a place to rent. when he gets back to the Men’s house he realizes that he no longer can live where he has been staying and starts thinking about taking Mary up on her offer.

When he gets to the Men’s house there is loud laughing man that the narrator mistakenly thinks is Mr. Bledsoe. he then grabs a spittoon and empties it on the mans head. After doing so he realizes that the man in fact, wasn’t Mr. Bledsoe. He runs out of the place before he is caught. The narrator starts to think about the people that were meeting in the house. I believe that the were extreme political actors, and possible that they were for the communist party. the narrator believes that they are wasting their time. He thinks that the belief of African-Americans having success and the true post civil war ideals for freed slaves is unrealistic.

The narrator thinks about his stuff that he left in the house and wonders how he is going to get it out. he finally gets a man to do it for him, and he finds out that he has been banned from the house. After this he decides to go to Mary’s. While living at Mary’s the narrator feels the pressure to become a prominent African-American man. Mary has high hopes for him, and the narrator doesn’t know if he likes it. However, when he is behind on payment for rent/food,  Mary never says a word. Even though the narrator criticizes the thought of “equality” he begins to desire becoming an leading activist.

Later, after buying yams that reminded him of the south from a street vendor, the narrator comes across a mob of people standing outside watching an African-American couple be evicted from their home. When he saw a chair being lugged out with a woman still in it, he decided to take a stand. He rants about the indecency and gains support. the people standing around help the couple move their belongings back inside. Although this was the humanitarian thing to do, it was still illegal, and soon the police showed up. just when the narrator thought he was going to be able to escape he was approached by a white man that swore he was a friend. The man was apart of a political movement that tried to gain equality. The narrator thinks this is ridiculous. he opposes to being apart of it. I think at this point the narrator has no trust to give to a “white” man. he has been misguided to badly to suddenly jump into a group led by a man he just met.

Later, he thinks of all the things Mary as done for him, and believes that he owes it to her to rise up and no longer rely on her for food and a place to stay. The narrator gets in touch with the man that approached him earlier and decides to become apart of his group. This is a very important change for the narrator, because he is finally giving up his beliefs that thinking change is impossible. He puts his trust into the man, however i don’t think that he is going to let himself get screwed over again.


~ by coberry10 on May 18, 2011.

7 Responses to “Invisible Man”

  1. It’s about time the narrator started getting his life together. He’s being floating around for awhile now with no direction, just confused.

  2. I agree about the narrator getting his life back together, but I think it more importantly helps show what the narrator has become after the accident. He seems much less innocent than he did in the beginning of the story; he seemed timid and unsure when he gave his speech at the battle royal, but in this section, he seemed to have more confidence and took a stand that roused the crowd to action.

  3. I agree with you all. The narrator definitely has grown some gonads…FINALLY! But I guess this shows us how dangerous inhibitions are. At the same time, just like coberry10 mentioned in the blog, sometimes cautiousness is a good thing. For example, after the narrator’s grandfather dies he is constantly aware of this racial double consciousness. This awareness keeps the narrator conscious of keeping both feet in one show throughout most of his experiences up until the accident. Once the accident happens, the narrator possesses a new perspective that can effectively fight his feelings of double consciousness and overcome his invisibility (as seen in his first “showy” act of being a leader).

    • I agree with JD that the accident has turned him into a different person, he is now aware of his past naivety. I believe he mocks the people trying to look affluent because he was just like them, when he tried to fit in with white people at college. He seems jaded and as coberry mentioned he is determined to not get “screwed over again.”

  4. I also agree that he has turned into a different person. With change though comes familiarity. When he gets to the expensive looking building with the group he gets a sense of deja vu. He uses the elevator to get to the main floor and there the first thing he sees is a woman, which he can’t take his eyes off of. This immediately made me think of the first chapter when he was at the battle royal. Just thought this was worth mentioning.

  5. I agree with everyone saying he’s become a different man, but if anything I feel he felt more unsure and nervous during this speech than his first. It was just a spur a the moment thing and even he admitted he didn’t really understand what he did. I feel like this whole plot is a little like what we discussed in class and that its all a little to good to be true, yet maybe believable at the same time.

  6. It would seem that the hectic wandering life of the narrator has now gotten some foundation to it. But now it seems inside out where he was sure about what he did before but was unsure about his surroundings. Now he can be sure about his surroundings but is unsure to his own self which was depicted in the speech he gave compared to the very first speech.

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