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Invisible man

Whilst the narrator, the invisible man was driving Mr Norton, throughout the town,  in the beginning of the novel,  he remembered a photograph that he saw in his childhood.  He remembered that in the photograph their was a black mob, formless, shapeless, and void of any individual identity; a black mass shrouded in dusty clothes that resembled more symbols and signs than any human life.  Next to it was a group of notable white people, clear features, striking poses and smiles ingrained into their confident persona (39).

The image described by the narrator is how the white community black people; a mass instead of a collective of individuals.  The narrator also saw his own people like this, he was the one describing the picture; he was taught to see like this.

The narrator understands that by default he is seen like this.  And throughout the entire narrative he strive to separate himself from the crowd, only to later on understand that in doing so, he simply being pulled in further into the  epicenter of the black blob.  An example of this is with Mr. Norton himself.  The narrator goes out of his way to make himslef known to Mr. Norton; to distinguish himself.  At the end of th novel, when Mr. Norton makes his reappearance, he does not know who the narrator is.  The narraotr unknowinlgy sifted into the black mob in the eyes of Nrton.

This also seen in a different aspect with the narrators affiliation with he brotherhood.  As a way of separating himself, he joins a radical social group.  When he is to receive his new brotherhood name, he does not choose it.  It is given to him.  Again, when moving to distinguish himself, he loses his identity due to his conforming to foreign views and perspectives.

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~ by S.E. Herran on May 24, 2011.

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