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David Horowitz Period 7 Quinn Invisible Man Themes 1 Balancing social and personal responsibility The central problem the narrator encounters throughout his life deals with the balance between social and personal responsibility The public and private self of a black man come into continual conflict Most often the personal nature of the man is forced to give up his morals and or family values in order to present himself in better light to the white society Trueblood said But what I dont understand is how I done the worse thing a man can do in his own family and stead of things gittin bad they got better The nigguhs up at the school dont like me but the white folks treats me fine 68 Sometimes the split between the two halves is not even visible to the Invisible Man Racist stereotypes and other peoples schemes confound his attempts to know himself Here within this quiet greenness I possessed the only identity I had ever known and I was losing 99 On the other hand Dr Bledsoes personality is revealed in the open at a school assembly as he gives a swift glance carrying a threat for all 115 He is subordinate to the white guests out of necessity but exerts his authority brutally over all of the blacks at the school He will later say Ive made my place in it and Ill have every Negro in the country hanging on tree limbs by morning if it means staying where I am 143 At a low point the Invisible Man even thinks If you made an appointment with one of them white persons you couldnt bring them any slow cp colored peoples time 163 He feels that he needs to somehow measure up to the white mans society by working on his own habits Finally the separation between his social progress and his attempt to stay in touch with himself became so
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