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In Todd Cliftons funeral speech IM attempts to liberate himself through the use of rhetorical language He breaks free of the Brotherhoods blueprints by speaking with no set framework going against the brotherhoods belief in social vs racial equality by implying Todd was a hero in a world of white supremacy He uses repetitiveness when calling out Todds name attempting to give Todd some sort of identity By calling out to Todds identity IM slowly acknowledges the truth of his own invisibility and in fact the truth and reality of the black mans existence IM also uses the reverse psychology of irony and dry humor to accent the double sidedness of Todd Cliftons death on one side Todd was just another dead black man and on the other Todd was a human being an individual Subconsciously the Invisible Man observes that all blacks are Invisible to others First IM says to the crowd that they must go take a drink and forget the funeral since this sort of tragedy happens on a regular basis it is an old story The crowd will forget about Todds funeral for one reason no one knew him there wasnt even a young wife up there in red to morn him By pointing out that Todd had no next of kin a family to know of the idea that Todd was dispossessed of any true connection to humanity became evident Yet IM repeats Todds name and pieces of Todds life death and beliefs drawing a contrast between a racial blindness and the truth shining light upon the harsh reality of the Tragedy of the Black situation like a hot sun Through the metaphor of the sun IM implies that racial inequality towards blacks can be as damaging as a sun inferno drying up a mans vital fluids like a mans own self-worth IM brings a dynamic reality through his concrete images and clean-cut factual descriptions of Todds fall He reduced
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