There is a boxing match and also an electric carpet, but the boy preservers through them all. At the end he is finally given a chance to deliver his speech. Although the men are being inattentive, the superintendent rewards the boy with a briefcase and a scholarship to the State College for Negroes. Through humiliation, the main character demonstrates from his grandfathers dying words what’s necessary to overcome racial inequalities. The young man’s grandfather’s dying words mean a lot to him and his family.
After his speech, he is awarded a briefcase. Inside was a scholarship to an all black college. He is told that one day he will guide his people down the “right” path. That night the narrator dreams that his grandfathers tells him to open his briefcase. Inside is a document that says, “ To Whom It May Concern: Keep This Nigger Boy Running.” He wakes up to the sound of his grandfather's laughter.
Martin Luther King, Jr., had experiences as a young person that shaped his beliefs and actions as an adult, when things got hard for him and his family, he pulled through, since M.L. went through racial discrimination, he tried to stop it, and M. L. wanted to show people do good and not to disrespect others for their skin color. When M. L. was six years old his white friends stopped being friends with him do with racial discrimination. His father didn’t approve of it, so when a white person told M. L. and his father to move to the other side of the store, where it said “colored,” Martin Luther King, Sr., said, “We’ll either buy shoes sitting here or we won’t buy shoes at all.” Then they walked out of the store. He majored in sociology, which offered many courses focusing on racial issues.
This really gets to him; he does not know what to do. His grandfather sees life differently then he and his parents do. He does not understand his grandfather's words. He thinks his grandfather's words are a curse. He goes to the smoker to deliverer his speech, in hopes to win to win approval from the affluent men in town and a possibility to open doors for his future.
On his deathbed, the narrator’s grandfather is bitter and feels as a traitor to the blacks’ common goal. He advises the narrator’s father to undermine the white people and “agree’em to death and destruction (Ellison 21)” The old man deemed meekness to be treachery. The narrator’s father brings into the book element of emotional and moral ambiguity. Despite the old man’s warnings, the narrator believes that genuine obedience can win him respect and praise. However, this is not entirely right because while the whites reward him with a calfskin briefcase he is made to engage in humiliating battle royal and the rush for imitated gold coin in an electrocuted rug.
The abuse he goes through in the battle royal give him the first feelings that everything is not as it seems, but fail to do anything to change the narrator's perceptions of himself. If given the chance, the narrator may have gone on living the life that society had set for him and never realized his invisibility, but fate had other plans for him. His life went down the drain the day that he was assigned to show around Mr. Norton, a powerful white man and founder of the school that he was attending. The narrator made the mistake of taking Mr. Norton through the old slave quarters, and at Norton's request, brought him down to converse with... ... middle of paper ... ...e organization, and a powerful political leader to the people of Harlem. This is another identity that others have gave him.
Despite these two facts the invisible man allows himself to be a “do boy'; by chauffeuring Mr. Norton to slave quarters. It is here that the protagonist can truly be identified as someone that is not in touch with himself because he sacrifices his education for a man that is not concerned about him or his race. Dr. Bledsoe tries to drive this concept into the invisible man when he tells him that “the white folks tell everybody what to think';(Ellison 143). Dr. Bledsoe expels the invisible man from school, hoping that he will learn how to survive and develop an identity that suits him. After being expelled from school, the invisible man begins a journey to make a living for himself.
Daunted by his grandfather advise, the narrator is unsure whether or not he should fight against the manipulation against him. When he interchanges the words social responsibility for social equality in his speech, the Whites say “we mean to do right by you, but you’ve got to know your place at all times.”(241) The narrator wants to leave but at the same time he felted obligated to finish the speech because he was afraid of the consequences. They pretend to give him a chance to speak, but in reality they force them to act as they please. Forces him to participate in the battle royal and all other despicable games before giving him a chance to speak only to be ignored. Here once more we see the power of society shaping his behavior as well as the struggles of the main character to fight against his
The narrator’s popularity led to a magazine interview about his work. Brother Wrestrum accused the narrator of planning the interview for himself. The leaders of the Brotherhood assigned the narrator to a different area to investigate the interview. Brother Jack ignores and refuses to hear any explanation from the narrator, again making it clear that he doesn’t care about the individuality and his ideas. The narrator responds to the situation, explaining to the reader, “Though still inwardly affirming that belief [in the potential of the Brotherhood], I felt a blighting hurt which prevented me from trying further to defend myself” (Ellison 406).
Kevin attempts to break free of his fathers lifestyle by attending a nearby college, in hopes to eventually become teacher. Gary isn't happy with his son's decision to go to school and Kevin can't understand his fathers views, which causes the two to butt heads throughout the novel. But a tragic accident suddenly leaves Kevin fighting for his and his fathers lives. Having to use the knowledge and skills that his father had taught Kevin suddenly suddenly realizes his dad was right after all. Bailey tell... ... middle of paper ... ...ce with his family.