Beginning with the personal rejection of the dream in On the Road, the first thing to note that contrasts with Invisible Man is that Sal and his friends have access to the traditional American Dream. With Sal in particular having the most access to it due to his skin color, family, and work experience. This idea makes Sal’s rejection of the dream more interesting than someone like Dean’s, as later on in the novel he is weighed down by his responsibilities to his family, or the narrator, as he is part of marginalized society. Sal is therefore more interesting because he ha...
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Despite Invisible Man and On the Road existing as dramatically different novels, which deal with different themes, race, class, narrative style, as well as plots, both texts share the motif of rejecting the American Dream. On the Road places more emphasis on the personal rejection of the dream, while Invisible Man sets out to show and discuss how African Americans are marginalized in society, and how they are therefore disallowed from participating in the same dream that whites are. That is not to say however, that the texts do not deal with the other side, On the Road, distinctly deals with the idea of minorities lacking the ability to have the same dream as whites, and Sal is the embodiment of this idea. As well, Invisible Man shows the narrator’s personal rejection of the American Dream after realizing that he is simply being kept running in place.
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