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title the invisible dick In the narrators description of what makes an invisible man he points out that the fault lies in the beholder and is a problem with the construction of the beholders inner eye It is important to note that he is referring to the characters such as Reverend Barbee Brother Jack and himself who will appear throughout the novel in connection to blindness real or imagined and how this will be a commentary on their inner eye more than a physical illustration The other characters perception of the narrator is skewed because they create a world in which the narrator is meant to fulfill their destinies and choices they never ask him for input or recognize his individuality He plays the part of the tool or the puppet so many times that he is driven to bump strangers on the street as in the case of the blond man simply in order to recognize his own existence in their eyes Yet in the case of the blond man he fails as well and runs away in the dark as he will do time and time again during the novel Symbolically he runs from boxing ring to boxing ring beginning with the battle royal in the first chapter and continuing through to his fight with the blond man His memory of the prizefighter against the yokel is an important allegory he provides The narrator is the yokel in the narrative who is beaten round after round until he recognizes his ability to exist outside of the scientifically categorized world he lives within most recognizably represented by the Brotherhood The power structure then becomes more fluid and the yokel escapes his traditional role The narrator thus avoids classification because he exists between it and outside of it similar to his heightened ability to experience the time and space inside of music He comments that he neither is dead or suspended Instead he
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