Using a name to define a person is the simplest way for an individual to remain visible throughout life. Ralph Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man, purposely leaves the storyteller nameless for that exclusive reason, “’What’s his name?’ The boy read my name off a card” (Ellison 198). Ellison painstakingly excites the reader in anticipation for the narrator’s name to be revealed. The reader is constantly is awaiting a connection with the raconteur by knowing his name, but only to be disappointed. As frustrating as it is for the reader not to know the narrator’s name, Ellison’s methodical approach to writing is only fully appreciated when one examines the steps of invisibility according to the life of the invisible man.
In the prologue the narrator introduces himself as the Invisible Man, simultaneously presenting himself as a character and as a theme in the novel. It is obvious that he is the protagonist telling the story of his life, but the way in which the theme is presented is more abstract. The theme is revealed as the Invisible Man explains that he has no identity because of the racist society during this time. It is evident that there is dislike towards this invisibility and gives us the novel’s most important theme, the search for identity. The prologue consists of many examples showing the intense degree of his invisibility.
“Who are you? No one of consequence must know. Get used to disappointment.”(William Goldman, the Princess Bride) this quote seemingly to be the very essence of the entire novel, and the exact problem that the narrator struggles with. He did not realize that he had to stand on his on and fight off the notions that he couldn’t be his own person no matter what other people thought and especially no matter the color of his skin. He stated “When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” (Ellison 6)
The narrator himself experiences blindness, such as in chapter sixteen when he addresses the ... ... middle of paper ... ...judices of others. He has followed the ideology of the college and the ideology of the Brotherhood without trusting or developing his own identity. Now, however, he has realized that his own identity, both in its flexibility and authenticity, is the key to freedom. Rinehart, a master of many identities, first suggests to the narrator the limitless capacity for variation within oneself. However, Rinehart ultimately proves an unsatisfactory model for the narrator because Rinehart’s life lacks authenticity.
Charlie approaches his letters with a normal letter writing style by always referring to himself in the first person, writing erratic plot structures, and starting his letters off with questions like “I never told you I was in shop class, did I?” or with a development in something he described in an earlier letter(12). Without this opening section and the author’s reinforcing of the reader’s rol... ... middle of paper ... ...of his surroundings and past, while leaving out any other perspectives or any deep judgments of character, making Charlie seem alienated, surface level observant, and non judgmental-as if he cannot act on the things he discovers. Charlie comes across to the audience as thoughtful, disturbed, and good natured, although naïve. Hemmingway, on the other hand includes relatively insignificant details about the surroundings of his scene while including really metaphorical conversation topics in the bulk of his work. He excludes obvious portrayals of intent or any wide ranging conclusions.
Throughout Under the Net by Iris Murdoch, Jake is challenged by the silence of people and events that surround him. This allows him to ultimately overcome this net barrier to find his true calling in life to become a successful writer. In efforts to become a successful writer, Jake wrote a book that was based on his conversations with Hugo, a friend he met in an experiment with the common cold. After discussing such deep ideas with Hugo, “He publishes them in a book he calls The Silencer, an ironic little twist, seeing that the book is a conversation about the truth,” (Hart 2). Jake struggles with the truth because he does not understand it needs to be expressed in a certain way, most difficult with words.
Holden makes the comment, ‘what really knocks me out is a book, that when you're all done reading it, you wish that the author who wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it (Salinger 18).” But Holden’s mistake is that a book is not its author. Therefor the theme of this story can not be found within J.D. Salinger but within the text. Holden may not have been in any war battles, but he takes the reader through battles of his own. In the text, the items and objects that hold symbolic meaning, can be a way that Holden gets the reader to see the world through his eyes, to empathize, and to make the conclusion that this classic novel is revolved around
(142) The consequence of this attitude is that he finds himself increasingly "stepping outside" his experiences in order to observe them from a distance. Instead of living his experiences more intensely, he finds himself o... ... middle of paper ... ...It is worth noting that Wilde wrote of the characters in his only novel: "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be -- in other ages, perhaps" (Letters, 352). Dorian personifies a conflict between Dionysian and Apollonian elements particularly fascinating to his creator. He has a passion for "the colour, the beauty, the joy of life" (40), but avoids becoming involved with any experience for fear of it causing him possible pain.
The boy’s message to Vladimir may have provided the readers with the conclusion that the entire play was senseless because Vladimir and Estragon never had the opportunity to meet Godot. After all, it only makes sense for a play called Waiting for Godot to end with Vladimir and Estragon ending their long wait for this man named Godot. Moreover, the fact that Vladimir and Estragon must still wait for Godot, puts their lives into question. If Vladimir and Estragon are spending their lives waiting for a man that they do not directly speak to or know if he will truly meet them, is there a... ... middle of paper ... ...he thoughts of suicide, confirmation of Godot’s canceled meeting, and the seemingly hapless state of Vladimir and Godot in the final line of the play all contribute to deliver a message about human life. As I have shown, Beckett successfully displayed why the human life is a concept that is plagued by a lack of meaning and a state of murkiness.
“Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures; and that when I reached years of reflection, and began to look round me, and take stock of my progress and position in the world, I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life.” (10.1) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a story about how people are scared to acknowledge personal duality so they keep silent and in this case, create a personification in order to fulfill evil desires without thinking through the consequences of such actions. Stevenson focuses on two different characters Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but in reality these are not separate men, they are two different aspects of one man’s reality. In the story, Dr. Je... ... middle of paper ... ...eech as human beings we all have a dark side or doppelganger that we try and repress. Some try to control it more than others while others pretend they don’t have a dark side. In the cases of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Incredible Huck and Star Wars they all prove a point that those who let that dark side take over will be their downfall.