These last words that his grandfather tells him makes him feel like that there is a curse hovering over him. The family being black had a harder time growing up than the more wealthy white folks did. He wrote a graduation speech that totally went against his grandfather’s words that he gave the narrator. The town’s "leading white people" loved the speech and asked him to deliver it at a local hotel in the ballroom. This starts a "revolution" in the narrator’s life.
At his high school graduation, the narrator gives a speech urging for humility and submission as key to the advancement of black Americans. It proves such a success that the town arranges to have him deliver it at a gathering of the community’s leading white citizens. At the event, the narrator is told to take part in a ‘battle royal.’ At the battle royal, the narrator and some of his classmates, who are black as well, are subjected to physical and mental torture while forced to perform a fight for various elitist, white male individuals of power within the community. When it comes time for the narrator to give his speech, the white men all laugh, ignore him and give him uproarious applause as he finishes his speech. The men award him a calfskin briefcase and ins... ... middle of paper ... ...well versed and knowledgeable the narrator may be, the white citizens would not accept the individual that he is and would categorize him along with the other black Americans that participated in the battle royal.
The battle royal serves to open his eyes, although only slightly, only to be re-closed, because I. still gives his acceptance speech to the crowd of prominent white men from the town. These are the same men who were moments ago screaming "let me at that big nigger". Yet he still assumes these men respect him for his intelligence, and are taking him seriously. Upon reflection he realizes that this is when he really started running for the white man. He was playing their games, trying to grab the electrified money, not looking at the naked white woman, these men really started him running and taught him their game he was expected to play.
After the fight and the speech he was awarded with a calfskin brief case and a scholarship to the state college for Negros. On his grandfather's deathbed, his grandfather told his father to "keep up the good fight". "Our life is a war and I have been a traitor all my born days", "live with your head in the lions mouth". His parents tell him to forget what his grandfather said. This really gets to him; he does not know what to do.
Invisible Man: Short Plot/Character Analysis/Themes Invisible Man, written in 1952 by Ralph Ellison, documents a young black man's struggle to find identity in an inequitable and manipulative society. During the course of this struggle, he learns many valuable lessons, both about society and himself, through his experiences. The story begins with the narrator recounting his memories of his grandfather. The most remarkable, and eventually the most haunting, of these is his memory of his grandfather's last words in which he claims to have been a traitor to his own people and urges his son to "overcome 'em with yeses, undermine 'em with grins, agree 'em to death and destruction, let 'em swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open." These words remain imprinted in the narrator's mind throughout the book, although he never fully understands their meaning.
Through the book the two main recurring themes are betrayal and invisibility and the narrator keeps these symbols with him because they represent who he is. The first symbol is the briefcase itself, as it represents the “Battle Royal” that he and some other blacks were made to compete in. The narrator is made to participate in a sickening ritual where he and others are made to fight in a boxing ring, and then made to fight for money on an electric carpet. The narrator shows up to this expecting to make a speech on booker t Washington. After being beaten and shocked in front of a crowd of jeering and drunk white people the narrator is expected to make the speech, after which he receives a college scholarship and the briefcase.
In Ralph Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man, the main characters are used to affect the narrator’s invisibility. Each character the narrator comes in contact with in the novel, affects his invisibility. The highly ranked white men at a hotel ballroom asked the narrator to come give his high school speech for them, but in reality it turns into a night of entertainment. Dr. Bledsoe is the president at the college in which the narrator attends, and later gets kicked out due to conflicts with Bledsoe. The narrator’s grandfather plays a consistent role throughout his entire life, and continues to inflict unending thoughts in the narrator’s mind.
Fighting off security men, the son's head sometimes buried in his father's shoulder, they stayed in Derek's lane all the way to the end, as the crowd gaped, then rose and howled and wept. Derek didn't walk away with the gold medal, but he walked away with an incredible memory of a father who, when he saw his son in pain, left his seat in the stands to help him finish the race. That's what God does for us. When we are experiencing pain and we're struggling to finish the race, we can be confident that we have a loving Father who won't let us do it alone. He left His place in heaven to come alongside us in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.
In Invisible Man, the narrator starts out by recounting his high school graduation where he gave a strong speech on the keys to be success despite certain drawbacks. His speech was so well-liked he was offered to give it to the leading white citizens in the community. He accepts the offer and shows up the night of the gathering. The second stage is called the initiation, where the hero “crosses the threshold” into a more dangerous world. From here on, he will never be able to see things the same way because of his maturing experiences.
Fruitvale Station is a great example of a film that shows accurate social issues that occur in today’s society. The movie demonstrates issues of inequality, racial prejudice, gang involvement and also unemployment. It also shows how the people who are forced to live with these issues, fight for survival to maintain to see another day. Fruitvale Station is based on the true story of a young man named Oscar Grant III, who is murdered due to existing social issues such as racism. The movie displays the young man’s daily activities from waking up and getting his daughter ready for school, taking his girlfriend to work, celebrating his mother’s birthday and finally to the time at which he loses his life due to misjudgment of his character.