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He seems rather to exist in the nightmarish fantasy of the white American mind as a phantom that the white mind seeks unceasingly, by means both crude and subtle, to lay. As numerous historians have pointed out, the U. Constitution explicitly excludes black Americans, who, until , were perceived not as men, but as property. Convinced that his existence depends on gaining the support, recognition, and approval of whites—whom he has been taught to view as powerful, superior beings who control his destiny— the narrator spends nearly 20 years trying to establish his humanity in a society that refuses to see him as a human being.

Ultimately, he realizes that he must create his own identity, which rests not on the acceptance of whites, but on his own acceptance of the past.

Although Invisible Man received the prestigious National Book Award, some blacks feel that the novel perpetuates black stereotypes. Published in , more than a decade before the Civil Rights Act of declared racial segregation illegal, Invisible Man has been praised for its innovative style and unique treatment of controversial subject matter. The violence and racial tension depicted in Invisible Man foreshadow the violence engendered by the Civil Rights Movement in cities across the U.

Does it explode? Eliot and Richard Wright. Ellison was also influenced by H. Invisible Man can also be read as a quest narrative. This structural device is used to illustrate that blacks, due to their perceived inferior status in American society, often experience a radically different reality than whites, creating the illusion that blacks and whites live in two different worlds.

In this way, the structure of the novel mirrors the structure of a jazz composition, players stepping forward to perform their impromptu solos, then stepping back to rejoin their group. The structure also emulates the oral tradition of preliterate societies. A Brief Synopsis Invisible Man is the story of a young, college-educated black man struggling to survive and succeed in a racially divided society that refuses to see him as a human being.

Set in the U. In the Prologue, the narrator—speaking to us from his underground hideout in the basement coal cellar of a whites-only apartment building—reminisces about his life as an invisible man.

The entertainment also includes a sensuous dance by a naked blonde woman, and the boys are forced to watch. The boxing match is followed by a humiliating event: The boys must scramble for what appear to be gold coins on an electrified rug but, which turn out to be only worthless brass tokens. At the end of his speech—despite his degrading and humiliating ordeal—the narrator proudly accepts his prize: a calfskin briefcase containing a scholarship to the state college for Negroes.

For the next 20 years of his life, the narrator stumbles blindly through life, never stopping to question why he is always kept running by people—both black and white—who profess to guide and direct him, but who ultimately exploit him and betray his trust. Focusing on the events of one fateful day, the narrator then recalls his college days.

Assigned to chauffeur Mr. Norton, a prominent white visiting trustee, around the campus, the narrator follows Mr. The narrator, however, is expelled from his beloved college for taking Mr.

Norton to these places and sent to New York, armed with seven letters from his dean Dr. The letters, he believed, are letters of recommendation, but are in reality letters confirming his expulsion. Arriving in New York City, the narrator is amazed by what he perceives to be unlimited freedom for blacks. He is especially intrigued by a black West Indian man later identified as Ras the Exhorter whom he first encounters addressing a group of men and women on the streets of Harlem, urging them to work together to unite their black community.

Realizing that he cannot return to college, the narrator accepts a job at a paint factory famous for its optic white paint, unaware that he is one of several blacks hired to replace white workers out on strike. Following his release from the hospital, the narrator finds refuge in the home of Mary Rambo, a kind and generous black woman, who feeds him and nurses him back to health.

Although grateful to Mary, whom he acknowledges as his only friend, the narrator—anxious to earn a living and do something with his life—eventually leaves Mary to join the Brotherhood, a political organization that professes to be Introduction to the Novel 13 dedicated to achieving equality for all people.

Under the guidance of the Brotherhood and its leader, Brother Jack, the narrator becomes an accomplished speaker and leader of the Harlem District. He also has an abortive liaison with Sybil, a sexually frustrated white woman who sees him as the embodiment of the stereotypical black man endowed with extraordinary sexual prowess.

As a result, he decides to leave the Brotherhood, headquartered in an affluent section of Manhattan, and returns to Harlem where he is confronted by Ras the Exhorter now Ras the Destroyer who accuses him of betraying the black community. To escape the wrath of Ras and his men, the narrator disguises himself by donning a hat and dark glasses.

In disguise, he is repeatedly mistaken for someone named Rinehart, a con man who uses his invisibility to his own advantage.

The narrator discovers that the Harlem community has erupted in violence. Eager to demonstrate that he is no longer part of the Brotherhood, the narrator allows himself to be drawn into the violence and chaos of the Harlem riot and participates in the burning of a Harlem tenement.

To escape his assailants, he leaps into a manhole, which lands him in his underground hideout. For the next several days the sick and delusional narrator suffers horrific nightmares in which he is captured and castrated by a group of men led by Brother Jack. Finally able to let go of his painful past— symbolized by the various items in his briefcase—the narrator discovers that writing down his experiences enables him to release his hatred and rediscover his love of life.

List of Characters Invisible Man features a long and complex cast of colorful characters the narrator meets on his quest for meaning and identity who function on both a literal and symbolic level. Many are simply ordinary, everyday people living ordinary, everyday lives. Because their significance depends solely on how the narrator chooses to see them, none can be clearly designated as major or minor characters.

The school superintendent The nameless white man who invites the narrator to give his high school graduation speech at the smoker, where he acts as master of ceremonies.

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Table of Contents Life and Background of the Author. Hebert Bledsoe. Homer A. City of Dreams. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more.

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See you at www. Ellison attended Frederick Douglass School in Oklahoma City, receiving lessons in symphonic composition. He began playing the trumpet at age eight and, at age eighteen, attended Tuskegee Institute in Montgomery, Alabama, studying music from to During that time, he worked at a variety of jobs including janitor, shoeshine boy, jazz musician, and freelance photographer.

He also became a game hunter to keep himself alive, a skill he says he learned from reading Hemingway. Completing only three years majoring in music at Tuskegee, Ellison sometimes referred to himself as a college dropout. Ironically, Ellison went on to receive 12 honorary doctorate degrees from such prestigious universities as Tuskegee Institute, Rutgers University, the University of Michigan, and Harvard University.

Moving to New York in , Ellison met writers Richard Wright and Langston Hughes, which led to his first attempts at fiction and prompted his move to Harlem where he lived for more than 40 years with his wife, Fanny McConnell. A renowned novelist, short story writer, and critic, Ellison taught at several colleges and universities and lectured extensively at such prestigious institutions as Yale University, the Library of Congress, and the U.

Military Academy. In , he was named professor emeritus at NYU, teaching for several years while continuing to write. Ellison died of cancer on April 16, , at his home in New York City. Life and Background of the Author 3 Career Highlights Soon after his move to New York in , his book reviews, short stories, and articles began to appear in numerous magazines and anthologies, and Ellison was on his way to becoming an acclaimed author.

Early Success with Invisible Man In the early s, Ellison started out writing a novel about a captured American pilot in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp. But during the summer of , visiting friends in Vermont while on sick leave from the Merchant Marine, the opening lines of Invisible Man came to him, prompting him to write an entirely different novel.

Ellison became known primarily for Invisible Man, which won the Russwurm Award and the National Book Award and established him as one of the most important American authors of the twentieth century. But he also published several nonfiction works and short stories.

These two works, together with numerous unpublished speeches and writings, were published in as The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison. The Hickman characters later appeared in his posthumously published novel, Juneteenth. Because pages of his Hickman manuscript were destroyed in a fire at his summer home in Massachusetts in , Ellison spent the remaining years of his life reconstructing it.

The novel, still incomplete at his death, was eventually published as Juneteenth. Literary Influences Ellison credits T. Trying to gain a better understanding, Ellison started reading literary criticism.

The Invisible Man

Writing Invisible Man, Ellison set out to move beyond the protest novel to portray a narrator whose life was not defined strictly by his race, but by his willingness to accept personal responsibility for creating his own life.

This accounts for much of his fascination with masks and disguises and his preoccupation with appearance vs. Ellison admired the American transcendentalists, particularly Emerson, Whitman, and Thoreau. He liked their faith in the American Life and Background of the Author 5 democratic ideal, concern for cultural pluralism, belief in personal freedom, and idealistic vision of a world in which individuals would transcend or rise above their petty desires for self-aggrandizement, obtain a kind of spiritual enlightenment, and work together for the good of all people.

Renowned author and critic Henry Louis Gates Jr. Consequently, Ellison is renowned not only as an author and the master of black vernacular, but as an astute commentator on literature, culture, and race. He seems rather to exist in the nightmarish fantasy of the white American mind as a phantom that the white mind seeks unceasingly, by means both crude and subtle, to lay. Racism is a devastating force, possessing the power to render black Americans virtually invisible. As numerous historians have pointed out, the U.

Constitution explicitly excludes black Americans, who, until , were perceived not as men, but as property. Convinced that his existence depends on gaining the support, recognition, and approval of whites—whom he has been taught to view as powerful, superior beings who control his destiny— the narrator spends nearly 20 years trying to establish his humanity in a society that refuses to see him as a human being.

Ultimately, he realizes that he must create his own identity, which rests not on the acceptance of whites, but on his own acceptance of the past. Although Invisible Man received the prestigious National Book Award, some blacks feel that the novel perpetuates black stereotypes.

Published in , more than a decade before the Civil Rights Act of declared racial segregation illegal, Invisible Man has been praised for its innovative style and unique treatment of controversial subject matter. The violence and racial tension depicted in Invisible Man foreshadow the violence engendered by the Civil Rights Movement in cities across the U.

Does it explode? Eliot and Richard Wright. Ellison was also influenced by H. Invisible Man can also be read as a quest narrative. This structural device is used to illustrate that blacks, due to their perceived inferior status in American society, often experience a radically different reality than whites, creating the illusion that blacks and whites live in two different worlds.

The narrator returns to his underground home, the basement coal cellar of a whites-only apartment building. In this way, the structure of the novel mirrors the structure of a jazz composition, players stepping forward to perform their impromptu solos, then stepping back to rejoin their group. The structure also emulates the oral tradition of preliterate societies.

A Brief Synopsis Invisible Man is the story of a young, college-educated black man struggling to survive and succeed in a racially divided society that refuses to see him as a human being.

Set in the U. In the Prologue, the narrator—speaking to us from his underground hideout in the basement coal cellar of a whites-only apartment building—reminisces about his life as an invisible man. The entertainment also includes a sensuous dance by a naked blonde woman, and the boys are forced to watch.

The boxing match is followed by a humiliating event: The boys must scramble for what appear to be gold coins on an electrified rug but, which turn out to be only worthless brass tokens. At the end of his speech—despite his degrading and humiliating ordeal—the narrator proudly accepts his prize: For the next 20 years of his life, the narrator stumbles blindly through life, never stopping to question why he is always kept running by people—both black and white—who profess to guide and direct him, but who ultimately exploit him and betray his trust.

Focusing on the events of one fateful day, the narrator then recalls his college days. Assigned to chauffeur Mr.

Norton, a prominent white visiting trustee, around the campus, the narrator follows Mr. The narrator, however, is expelled from his beloved college for taking Mr. Norton to these places and sent to New York, armed with seven letters from his dean Dr.

The letters, he believed, are letters of recommendation, but are in reality letters confirming his expulsion. Arriving in New York City, the narrator is amazed by what he perceives to be unlimited freedom for blacks. He is especially intrigued by a black West Indian man later identified as Ras the Exhorter whom he first encounters addressing a group of men and women on the streets of Harlem, urging them to work together to unite their black community. Realizing that he cannot return to college, the narrator accepts a job at a paint factory famous for its optic white paint, unaware that he is one of several blacks hired to replace white workers out on strike.

Following his release from the hospital, the narrator finds refuge in the home of Mary Rambo, a kind and generous black woman, who feeds him and nurses him back to health. Although grateful to Mary, whom he acknowledges as his only friend, the narrator—anxious to earn a living and do something with his life—eventually leaves Mary to join the Brotherhood, a political organization that professes to be Introduction to the Novel 13 dedicated to achieving equality for all people.

Under the guidance of the Brotherhood and its leader, Brother Jack, the narrator becomes an accomplished speaker and leader of the Harlem District.

He also has an abortive liaison with Sybil, a sexually frustrated white woman who sees him as the embodiment of the stereotypical black man endowed with extraordinary sexual prowess.

As a result, he decides to leave the Brotherhood, headquartered in an affluent section of Manhattan, and returns to Harlem where he is confronted by Ras the Exhorter now Ras the Destroyer who accuses him of betraying the black community. To escape the wrath of Ras and his men, the narrator disguises himself by donning a hat and dark glasses. In disguise, he is repeatedly mistaken for someone named Rinehart, a con man who uses his invisibility to his own advantage.

The narrator discovers that the Harlem community has erupted in violence. Eager to demonstrate that he is no longer part of the Brotherhood, the narrator allows himself to be drawn into the violence and chaos of the Harlem riot and participates in the burning of a Harlem tenement. To escape his assailants, he leaps into a manhole, which lands him in his underground hideout. For the next several days the sick and delusional narrator suffers horrific nightmares in which he is captured and castrated by a group of men led by Brother Jack.

Finally able to let go of his painful past— symbolized by the various items in his briefcase—the narrator discovers that writing down his experiences enables him to release his hatred and rediscover his love of life. List of Characters Invisible Man features a long and complex cast of colorful characters the narrator meets on his quest for meaning and identity who function on both a literal and symbolic level. Many are simply ordinary, everyday people living ordinary, everyday lives.

Because their significance depends solely on how the narrator chooses to see them, none can be clearly designated as major or minor characters. The school superintendent The nameless white man who invites the narrator to give his high school graduation speech at the smoker, where he acts as master of ceremonies.

Tatlock The largest of the ten black boys forced to participate in the battle royal. Tatlock and the narrator are final contestants in the bloody boxing match, which results in a temporary deadlock. Norton A white Northern liberal and multi-millionaire who provides financial support for Dr. Norton is a covert racist who hides his true feelings behind a mask of philanthropy.

Although he does not appear in the novel, the Founder like the grandfather exerts a powerful influence on the narrator.

Bledsoe is the president of the black college established by the Founder.

Bledsoe destroys the dream to promote his own selfish interests. He accepts full responsibility for his behavior, makes peace with his God, and fights for himself, his family, and his land. Broadnax, like Mr. Norton, is a racist who hides behind a mask of philanthropy.

The vet One of the shellshocked veterans at the Golden Day tavern. Because of his candid speech, his brutal honesty, and his refusal to act subservient toward whites, he is considered dangerous and hastily transferred to St. The veterans hate him because he represents the white power structure. Big Halley The bartender at the Golden Day. Although Supercargo is officially charged with keeping order at the Golden Day, it is Big Halley who ultimately maintains control.

He has his finger on the pulse of the black community. Burnside and Sylvester Veterans at the Golden Day. Burnside is a former doctor. Sylvester leads the vicious attack on Supercargo. Edna harbors sexual fantasies about white men and playfully propositions Mr. Crenshaw The attendant who accompanies the vet to St. The North Harlem and Manhattan, New York Ras the Exhorter later Ras the Destroyer Modeled after renowned black leader Marcus Garvey, Ras is a powerful orator and black nationalist leader who believes that integration with whites is impossible.

He is violently opposed to the Brotherhood. Young Mr. Emerson Mr. Because he himself is alienated from society, young Emerson empathizes with the narrator and shows him the contents of Dr.

He also tells him about the job opening at the Liberty Paint Factory. MacDuffy Personnel manager at the Liberty Paint Factory who hires the narrator as one of several blacks chosen to replace white union workers out on strike. Terrified of losing his job, Brockway causes the explosion that lands the narrator in the factory hospital. Like Dr. Mary Rambo The kindly, black Southern woman who cares for the narrator after his release from the factory hospital.

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Although she lives in Harlem, Mary refused to let the corruption of the big city destroy her spirit. Sister and Brother Provo The elderly couple evicted from their Harlem apartment.

Brother Jack Leader of the Brotherhood, a powerful political organization that professes to defend the rights of the poor. Noted for his commitment to black youth, his idealism, and his Afro-Anglo-Saxon features, Brother Clifton is killed by a white policeman who arrests him for selling Sambo dolls on a Harlem street corner.

He gives the narrator a link from the iron chain he was forced to wear on his leg as a prisoner and portrait of Frederick Douglass for his office. Brother Tobitt A white brother married to a black woman who believes his marital relationship provides him with special insight into the psychology of black people. He finally succeeds in getting him transferred out of the Harlem district.

Brother Maceo The missing brother whom the narrator eventually meets at the Jolly Dollar, a Harlem bar and grill. Brother Garnett The white brother who half-heartedly supports the narrator following his accusation by Brother Wrestrum. Brother MacAfee The brother who appears to empathize with the narrator, but points out that his actions have endangered the Brotherhood. Although sexually attracted to the narrator, she realizes that getting involved with him could cause her to lose her favored position.

Sybil The wife of another Brotherhood member George. Sybil has rape fantasies involving black men and tries to seduce the narrator. Rinehart A master of disguise who creates his own identity. Many of the people the narrator encounters in the North appear to be mirror images of people he encountered in the South.

The following chart illustrates these relationships. Emerson Dr. People refuse to see him. Although he considered his invisibility a disadvantage, he points out that it has become an asset. Besides, because he is invisible, the narrator is able to live rent-free and avail himself of free electricity.

Describing his underground home: The narrator, a music lover, has only one radio-phonograph but plans to have five so that he can feel as well as hear his music.

Critical Commentaries: Prologue 23 Commentary A Prologue generally consists of an opening speech or introduction to a literary work.

Here, the Prologue anticipates the Epilogue. Together, these two elements frame the novel, which begins and ends in chaos. Trained animal performances and freaks of nature—the two-headed man, the bearded lady, and so forth—are so far removed from the normal world that onlookers find it inconceivable to identify with them on a human level.

In the Prologue, Ellison also prepares us for the numerous allusions to classic works of fiction, nonfiction, and folklore that appear throughout the novel, at times merging elements of fiction and folklore.

Glossary Here and in the following chapters, difficult words and phrases, as well as allusions and historical references, are explained. Edgar Allan Poe American poet, short-story writer, and critic — , best known for his tales of horror. Prologue 25 ectoplasm the vaporous, luminous substance believed by spiritualists to emanate from a medium in a trance.

Louis Armstrong American jazz musician — Kierkegaard is the author of The Sickness Unto Death: He remembers when he had not yet discovered his identity or realized that he was an invisible man. The narrator relates an anecdote concerning his grandfather who, on his deathbed, shocks his family by revealing himself as a traitor and a spy to his race. The entertainment includes an erotic dance by a naked blonde woman with a flag tattoo on her stomach, which he and his classmates are forced to watch.

After enduring these humiliating experiences, the narrator is finally permitted to give his speech and receives his prize: That night, the narrator dreams that he is at the circus with his grandfather, who refuses to laugh at the clowns.

His grandfather orders him to open the briefcase and read the message contained in an official envelope stamped with the state seal. Opening the envelope, the narrator finds that each envelope contains yet another envelope. In the last envelope, instead of the scholarship, he finds an engraved document with the message: Keep This Nigger-Boy Running.

Determined to rid himself of the past, the narrator is nevertheless compelled to come to terms with his past before he can handle his present and future. This episode introduces betrayal, broken promises, and game-playing themes. The only way he would be granted the opportunity to give his speech was to first participate in the humiliating blindfolded boxing match. The book contains many other instances in which the narrator experiences a sense of betrayal as he is forced to abide by arbitrary rules devised by others.

The American dream of freedom, liberty, and equality symbolized by the flag tattoo has been replaced by the relentless pursuit of money, sex, and power symbolized by the car advertising tokens. By participating in the battle royal, the narrator learns that life is a struggle for survival, but at this point he still believes in the philosophy of Booker T.

Symbolically, the scene introduces the theme of struggle among blacks for an elusive prize that often remains out of reach. Central to this struggle are the issues of race, class, and gender, three concepts the narrator must come to terms with before he can acknowledge and accept his identity as a black man in white America. To underscore his message that blacks forced to live in a segregated society are denied their human rights, Ellison uses two powerful symbolic elements: Because none of the boys can afford to download the cars advertised, the tokens underscore the economic inequity between blacks and whites.

The tokens also suggest the worthless, empty gesture inherent in tokenism—the practice of including a select few blacks into white society without granting all blacks social equality as well as social responsibility. While the narrator professes to disagree with Booker T. In doing so, he establishes a pattern of simply doing what others expect of him, without examining his motives, establishing his own value system, or considering the consequences of his actions.

But unlike enslaved Africans, often forced to run for their lives, the narrator starts running and is kept running by others who seem to have little real impact on his life.

The narrator is on the run throughout the novel. Music, the language of music, as well as musical sounds and rhythms, pervade and provide the narrative framework for the novel, structured like a jazz composition. Glossary smoker an informal social gathering for men only. Kewpie doll from Cupid; trademark for a chubby, rosy-faced doll with its hair in a topknot. Continuing his quest for acceptance and identity, and eager to impress Mr.

Norton, a visiting white trustee, the narrator chauffeurs Mr. Norton to the old slave quarters on the outskirts of the campus. Along the way, Mr. Norton tells him about his dead daughter. Norton orders him to stop the car so that he can talk to Trueblood.

Before departing, Norton gives Trueblood a hundred-dollar bill, then instructs the narrator to get him some whiskey to calm his nerves. Deciding that downtown is too far to go, the narrator heads for the Golden Day, a local black bar with a dubious reputation.

Commentary Raising several critical issues concerning love, family loyalty, mortal sin, and morality, this chapter explores the concept of moral absolutes: Are certain acts morally wrong, regardless of circumstances, or are there shades of right and wrong? Finally, the text addresses the complex themes of black sexuality and manhood. Through Trueblood, Ellison explores our all-too-human tendency to judge an individual on the basis of a single, isolated act.

Despite his extreme poverty, Trueblood is the only man in the entire novel—black or white—who has a family and provides for them to the best of his ability. Chapter 2 31 the men at the smoker and with Mr. Instead of empathizing with him or being sympathetic to his pain, the narrator dismisses Trueblood as a brutal, animalistic creature.

Norton to think less of him. By comparing Trueblood and Norton, Ellison explores two cultural myths that are equally false. Just as Norton sees Trueblood as an incarnation of the sexually insatiable black buck, the narrator and Trueblood himself sees Norton as the incarnation of Santa Claus, the benevolent, paternalistic white man who bestows gifts on children to reward them for good behavior.

But Norton, representing a perversion of the Santa Claus myth, rewards his children for bad behavior. The process Ellison uses to transform these myths warrants our close attention. First, he explores the myths of the jolly, generous Santa Claus and the sexually insatiable black stud—tracing their origins to white, Eurocentric culture—through the characters of Norton and Trueblood.

Then, Ellison transcends these myths by separating the illusion from the reality. Finally he transforms them to conform to the reality of Southern blacks, thereby enabling us to see the myths from a black, Afrocentric perspective. By debunking both myths, Ellison not only encourages a search for the truth behind the myth; he also asks the reader to consider the potentially dangerous, destructive impact of cultural myths.

Trueblood understands his perceived mythical role in the white community, but sacrifices himself in order to protect his family. Fully aware of the game, he decides to play the nigger to get his prize: Here again, Trueblood was a loving husband and father who provided for his family to the best of his ability.

Consequently, Trueblood may be seen as a complex, caring human being, and less likely to be denounced as a monster, based solely on a single likely unintentional act committed under highly unusual circumstances. Washington at Tuskegee University formerly Tuskegee Institute , which depicts Washington lifting the veil off the head of a kneeling slave. A former slave, Washington believed blacks could achieve success without social equality through education and hard physical labor.

Ralph Waldo Emerson U. Emerson is best known for his philosophy of selfreliance. Big Halley, the bartender, refuses to let the narrator take a drink outside to Norton. After dropping Norton off at his rooms, the narrator heads back to the administration building to see Bledsoe. Moments later, he is equally shocked as he watches Bledsoe undergo an astounding transformation as he masks his anger and assumes an attitude of conciliation and servility as he prepares to meet with Norton.

Back in his room, the narrator is interrupted by a freshman who tells him that Bledsoe wants to see him. After apologizing to Norton again, the narrator offers to drive him to the station. Disappointed that his offer is refused, the narrator assures Norton that he intends to read the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

As the narrator leaves, he feels somewhat reassured by Norton, but apprehensive about his impending meeting with Bledsoe and his mandatory attendance at chapel.

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Chapters 3—4 35 Commentary Chapters 3 and 4 contrast the chaos and violence at the Golden Day with the apparent order and tranquility at the college campus. The two chapters also challenge us to consider what is more normal: A bar in which crazy people, openly expressing their feelings, dare to challenge a corrupt system that denies them the right to lead dignified, productive lives; or a college that fosters and perpetuates the racist myth of white supremacy, while purporting to prepare its black students to become productive members of society.

Although the narrator is driving, he is not in control and the car he is driving is not his own. Realistically, Norton is in control and the narrator is being driven to conform to his expectations. This scene also suggests that the black college controlled by the white trustees is merely an extension of the white power structure. Furthermore, Bledsoe, under the constant vigilance of his white trustees represented by Norton , is no more in control of the campus than Big Halley, under the constant surveillance of Supercargo who also represents the white power structure , is in control of the Golden Day.

But the roles of the key players have been reversed. At the battle royal, a group of prominent white men drink whiskey and behave like animals. At the Golden Day, black men drink whiskey and behave like animals, as they brutally beat Supercargo and engage in meaningless sex with various prostitutes. At the battle royal, the narrator and his classmates were forced to fight a boxing match while blindfolded. At the Golden Day, the veterans are equally in the dark as they try desperately to find some sense of pride and dignity in their wasted, empty lives.

Similarly, arriving at the Golden Day, the narrator expects to download whiskey for Norton, but is relentlessly drawn into the lives of the veterans and forced to witness the brutal attack on Supercargo. These two chapters also advance the theme of reality versus illusion, as things are never quite what they appear to be. And if they need mental and physical therapy, why are they going to a bar?

Although these seem like logical, legitimate questions, Ellison reveals that the veterans are not part of a logical, legitimate society. Although they are indeed war veterans, they are also veterans of the race war. Thus, their wounds are not physical, but psychological. Deprived of the opportunity to practice their skills and forced to live in a segregated society that refuses to reward their accomplishments or acknowledge their achievements, the veterans have social responsibility without social equality.

The Golden Day represents a microcosm of American society from a black perspective, and the shell-shocked veterans represent black men unable to function in the real world as a result of the brutal treatment received at the hands of racist whites.

Here again, Ellison merges fantasy and reality as the vets share their true-to-life stories. Recalling the atrocious behavior towards black World War I veterans, some returned to the States to face extreme hostility for daring to think that their military service earned them the right to equal treatment under the law. The hostilities led to the lynchings of hundreds of African Americans, many of them soldiers still in uniform. The lynchings culminated in the violent Red Summer of , with race riots erupting around the country, especially in major cities such as Detroit and Chicago.

Supercargo not only literally carries his human cargo—the vets—from the hospital to the Golden Day each week; he also symbolizes the collective psychological burden or cargo guilt, shame, pain, humiliation of black men, which is why he invokes so much hatred. The scene in which Supercargo is stretched out on the bar with his hands across his chest like a dead man underscores his role as the scapegoat sacrificed for the sins of his people.

Invested with power by whites, who rely on him to keep the vets under control, Supercargo also represents the white power structure. Consequently, the vets, who are unable to directly attack their white oppressors, vent their pain and frustration on Supercargo, who is beaten possibly to death when they finally get their hands on him. In Chapter 6, the vet is escorted by Crenshaw, a new attendant. The similarities between Supercargo and Tatlock, the blindfolded boxing match winner, are striking.

Both are large, physically imposing men, and both are tokens singled out by whites to keep blacks in their place. Their role is much like that of the black plantation overseer who was often hated more than the slaveholder and who—because of his extreme selfhatred—was often excessively cruel and brutal. The mechanical man imagery, first introduced in Chapter 2 when Trueblood imagines himself as the man inside the clock, is also important. Rather than being depicted as human beings, individuals are referred to as robots and cogs in the machine.

Thomas Jefferson American statesman — , third president of the United States — , drew up the Declaration of Independence. Chapters 5—6 39 Chapters 5—6 Summary Attending chapel, the narrator hears Rev.

Barbee, a blind preacher from Chicago, deliver a powerful sermon about the Founder and his vision for the college. Overcome with emotion, the narrator leaves early to prepare for his meeting with Dr. Barbee built him up to be. That evening, after Bledsoe reveals his greedy, selfserving, and opportunistic character to the narrator, lecturing him on the politics of race and power, Bledsoe expels the narrator.

Grateful for his assistance, the narrator accepts the letters and places them in his briefcase along with his high school diploma. Bledsoe perpetuates the myth of white supremacy by educating his students to stay in their place, subservient to whites.

Barbee and Dr. Bledsoe are similar in some ways. See Character Analyses. But while Rev. Barbee is physically blind and cannot see things as they are, Dr. Bledsoe is emotionally blind and simply refuses to see, which is far more debilitating.

Bledsoe and Barbee allude to the two sides of a renowned historical figure: Booker T. Praised by some as a powerful leader and educator, Washington was condemned by others—such as the famous black scholar and educator W.

Bledsoe reveals, through his sermon, that he once idolized the Founder in the same way the narrator idolizes Bledsoe until he discovers his true character.

But unlike Trueblood—who remains true to his blood people —Bledsoe betrays his people. During his fateful meeting with Bledsoe, the narrator learns some valuable lessons concerning the politics of race and power.

In light of Rev. Along with men such as Booker T. Chapters 5—6 41 human beings instead of brutes ideally suited for working in the fields and performing other types of hard, menial labor. Key images in these two chapters include the surreal image of Rev. The role of religion, the power of sermonic language with its drama, biblical imagery, and emphatic repetition, and the impact of the black church on the black community, are also significant.

Although Ellison focuses on the importance of the church, through Rev. Bledsoe, playing the role of the college gatekeeper, jealously guards his position. Afraid that someone like the narrator—whom he sees as a potential threat—will undermine his authority and challenge the status quo, Bledsoe gets rid of him immediately.

Glossary vespers evening prayer. His name has come to symbolize the journey from rags to riches.

Aristotle ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Plato; noted for works on logic, metaphysics, ethics, politics, etc. Mother Hubbards full, loose gowns for women, patterned after the costume worn by Mother Hubbard, a character in a nursery rhyme. Chapters 7—9 43 Chapters 7—9 Summary Leaving college on a bus headed for New York, the narrator meets the vet from the Golden Day, who is being transferred to St.

The vet reminisces about his first trip north to Chicago and speculates about the exciting new things the narrator is bound to experience in New York. He also tells the narrator that he hoped for a transfer to Washington, D. She put down the butter dish on the she closed the door behind her.

He looked out of that could not be refused. He took a mouthful, looked again at the raised his head and was looking at her. This darkened the speak. He returned more happily to the table and his meal. And it wasn't funny for those who had to nurse something,' said Mrs Hall. There me. So that if I may She put some more coal on the fire, and hung the traveller's say, sir-' coat to dry.

Why, he doesn't look human at all. Talking suddenly. Perhaps his mouth was hurt too. It was certainly rude of him after she had She turned round, suddenly remembering something. But she remembered the two pounds, and dear! When Mrs Hall went to clear away the stranger's lunch, her 'Thanks,' he said shortly, as she put them down, and turned his idea that his mouth must also have been damaged in an accident back upon her and looked out of the window again.

Clearly he was strengthened, for though he was smoking a pipe, all the time did not like talking about bandages. He sat in the corner with his back to the window, and giving Mrs Hall an excuse for a visit. He was very quiet during spoke now, having eaten and drunk and being comfortably that time: perhaps he sat in the growing darkness smoking by the warmed through, less impatiently than before. The light of the firelight — perhaps he slept.

Once or twice a listener might have heard him: for five 'I have some boxes,' he said, 'at Bramblehurst Station. How can minutes he could be heard walking up and down the room. He they be brought here? Then he sat down again in the Mrs Hall answered his question, and then said,'It's a steep road armchair. That's where a carriage was turned over, a year ago and more. A gentleman was killed. Accidents, sir, happen in a moment, don't they? At four o'clock, when it was fairly dark, and Mrs Hall was trying There was my sister's son, Tom, who cut his arm with a scythe - to find the courage to go in and ask her visitor if he would like he fell on it out in the fields.

He was three months tied up, sir. You'd hardly believe it. I've been afraid of scythes ever since, sir. It's going, and it strikes loud and clear, but the hour 'Was he?

But not until knocked. The only light in the room was from about his boxes at Bramblehurst. She told him that the carrier the fire. Everything seemed hidden in shadows. But for a second could bring them over the next day. She was quite wide-open mouth, a mouth that swallowed the whole of the sure. It was too ugly to believe, the white head, 'I should explain,' he added,'but I was really too cold and tired the staring glasses — and then a great hole. He moved, sat up to do so before, that I am a scientist.

She opened the door wide, so that 'Indeed, sir,' said Mrs Hall, respectfully. I do not wish to be disturbed in my work.

Besides my work, an accident—' 'Look at the clock? My eyes are Mrs Hall went away to get a lamp, and he rose and stretched sometimes so weak and painful that I have to shut myself up in himself. Then came the light, and at the door Mr Teddy Henfrey the dark for several hours and lock myself in. Sometimes — now was met by this bandaged person. He was, he said later, 'quite and then.

Not at present, certainly. At such times the least thing, shocked'. It's important that this should be understood. Mr 'I thought, sir,' said Mrs Hall, 'you'd like the clock—' Henfrey worked with the lamp close to him, and the green shade 'Certainly,' said the stranger, 'certainly; but at other times I threw a bright light onto his hands and onto the frame and would like to be left alone.

He took longer He turned round with his back to the fireplace, and put his than he needed to remove the works, hoping to have some talk hands behind his back. But the stranger stood there, perfectly silent 6 7 and still. So still that it frightened Henfrey.

He felt alone in the hard at the furniture, just to show that the stranger wasn't master room and looked up, and there, grey and shadowy, were the there. When he went to bed, he told Mrs Hall to look very bandaged head and large dark glasses staring straight in front of closely at the stranger's boxes when they came next day.. It was so strange to Henfrey that for a minute they stood 'You mind your own business, Hall,' said Mrs Hall, 'and I'll staring at each other.

Then Henfrey looked down again. He mind mine. Should he say that the But in the middle of the night she woke up dreaming of great weather was very cold for the time of the year? But being a sensible woman, she turned over 'Why don't you finish and go? You're simply wasting time. I forgot. Next day his boxes arrived. There were two trunks, sometimes, surely' And then,'Can't a man look at you? If you were wanted by the books — big, fat books, of which some were in handwriting you police, you couldn't be more wrapped and bandaged.

The stranger, covered up in hat, coat and gloves, came 'You've got a strange visitor! Fearenside, the carrier, before helping to bring the boxes in. The 'A strange man is staying at the inn,' said Teddy. And he stranger did not notice Fearenside's dog, who was smelling at described Mrs Hall's guest.

I'd like to Hall's legs. But women are 'Come along with those boxes,' he said. He's taken your rooms, and he hasn't long enough. As soon as Fearenside's dog caught sight of him, however, it 'Yes,' said Teddy. Hall cried out and jumped back, for he was not very Teddy walked on, easier in his mind. Then Fearenside's whip 'He ought to have his leg looked at immediately,' said Mr cut into his dbg, who, crying with pain, ran under the wheels of Huxter.

It was all done in a quick half minute. No one 'I'd shoot the dog, that's what I'd do,' said a lady in the group. The stranger looked at his torn glove Suddenly the dog began growling again. They 'Come along,' cried an angry voice in the doorway, and there heard him go across the passage and up the stairs to his bedroom. Hall stood staring. He met his wife in the 'Not at all,' said the stranger.

Hurry up with those things. He caught sight of a bottles - little fat bottles, small thin bottles, blue bottles, bottles strange thing, a handless arm that seemed to be waving towards with round bodies and thin necks, large green glass bottles, large him, and a face of three large dark spots on white.

Then he was white glass bottles, wine bottles, bottles, bottles, bottles — and put struck in the chest and thrown out of the room, and the door was them in rows on the table under the window, round the floor, on shut in his face and locked. All this happened so fast that it gave the shelf — everywhere. Case after case was full of bottles; he him no time to see anything clearly.

A waving of shapes, a blow emptied six of the cases and piled the packing material high on and a noise like a gun. There he stood in the dark little passage, the floor and table. As soon as the cases were empty, the stranger went to the After a few minutes he came back to the little group that had window and set to work, not troubling in the least about the formed outside the inn. There was Fearenside telling the story all paper, the fire which had gone out, the box of books outside or over again for the second time; there was Mrs Hall saying his dog the boxes and other things that had gone upstairs.

Mr Hall, staring at them from the steps and listening, found it Then he half turned his head, and turned it away again. But hard to believe that he had seen anything very strange happen she saw he had taken off his glasses; they were beside him on the upstairs. He put on his He wants no help, he says,' he said in answer to his wife's glasses again, and then turned and faced her.

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She was about to 10 11 complain about the paper on the floor, but he spoke first. She pointed at it. If 'But in my work I cannot have any - I must ask you—' there's damage done, put it on the bill. You can turn the key if you want to, you know. Any time. It was late in the 'A very good idea,' said the stranger. If I might say—' 'Well? If the paper is a problem, put it on the bill.

Well — he's He was so strange, standing there, with his bottles and his bad black. At least his legs are. I saw through the tear in his trousers temper, that Mrs Hall was quite afraid. But she was a strong- and the tear in his glove. You'd have expected a sort of pink to minded woman. Well — there was just blackness. I tell you he's consider—' as black as my hat. Surely a shilling's 'Good heavens! And I tell you what beginning to spread it over the table.

I'm thinking. That man's black here and white there - in pieces. He's a kind of half-breed. I've heard of He turned his back on her and sat down.

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