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Invisible Man is a story told through the eyes of the narrator a Black man struggling in a White culture The narrative starts during his college days where he works hard and earns respect from the administration Dr Bledsoe the prominent Black administrator of his school becomes his mentor Dr Bledsoe has achieved success in the White culture which becomes the goals which the narrator seeks to achieve The narrators hard work culminates in him being given the privilege of taking Mr Norton a White benefactor to the school on a car ride around the college area After much persuasion and against his better judgement the narrator takes Mr Norton to a run down Black neighborhood When Dr Bledsoe found out about the trip the narrator was kicked out of school because he showed Mr Norton anything less than the ideal Black man The narrator is shattered by having the person he idealizes turn on him Immediately he travels to New York where he starts his life anew He joins the Brotherhood a group striving for the betterment of the Black race an ideal he reveres Upon arrival in the Brotherhood he meets Brother Tarp and Brother Tod Clifton who give him a chain link and a paper doll respectively I choose to write about these items because they are symbolic of his struggle in his community fighting for the black people and of his struggle within himself searching for identity The narrator works hard for the Brotherhood and his efforts are rewarded by being distinguished as the representative of the Harlem district One of the first people he meets is Brother Tarp a veteran worker in the Harlem district who gives the narrator the chain link he broke nineteen years earlier while freeing himself from being imprisoned Brother Tarps imprisonment was for standing up to a White man He was punished for his defiance and attempt to assert his individuality Imprisonment robbed him of
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