History Literature / InvisibleMan

25th Feb '16 6:32:58 PM JEFLIV
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*GainaxEnding: In the final scene of the final numbered chapter of the novel, after witnessing [[spoiler: a horrific scene of a race riot virtually reducing his native Harlem to a hellscape with roving gangs of looters, riot police, and a very insane Ras the Destroyer,]] the protagonist slips into a dream state in which he sees [[spoiler: the other characters who most notably influenced him throughout the novel castrating him, which he treats as a form of spiritual enlightenment.]] Nowhere else in the text does anything this out there ever happen.
22nd Dec '15 7:18:27 PM thatsbread
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* AlternateUniverse: Noted to resemble 40s-60s America, but heavily distorted and stuffed with metaphors to be different enough, such as the requirement of getting an education if black is beating the tar out of each other for the upper white class's amusement.

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* AlternateUniverse: Noted to resemble 40s-60s America, but heavily distorted and stuffed with metaphors to be different enough, such as the requirement of getting as: in order to get an education if black is beating people have to beat the tar out of each other for the upper white class's amusement.
17th Jul '15 6:06:20 PM PinkTwinkle
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* CharacterFilibuster: the main character leads political rallies, so this is kind of [[JustifiedTrope a given]].

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* CharacterFilibuster: the The main character leads political rallies, so this is kind of [[JustifiedTrope a given]].
8th May '14 9:52:28 AM SeptimusHeap
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* LoveFreak: The main character fluctuates between this and TheMessiah, but is ultimately more the former than the latter. Also something of a {{Pollyanna}} and a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, and has elements of {{The Fool}}, but he's more of a {{Butt Monkey}} than that makes him sound. We might as well call him an {{Idiot Hero}}, too. Need it be stated that he's a {{Wide Eyed Idealist}}?

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* LoveFreak: The main character fluctuates between this and TheMessiah, messiah, but is ultimately more the former than the latter. Also something of a {{Pollyanna}} and a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, and has elements of {{The Fool}}, but he's more of a {{Butt Monkey}} than that makes him sound. We might as well call him an {{Idiot Hero}}, too. Need it be stated that he's a {{Wide Eyed Idealist}}?
6th Apr '14 7:16:32 AM LongLiveHumour
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NotToBeConfusedWith '''''[[Literature/TheInvisibleMan The]]''' [[Literature/TheInvisibleMan Invisible Man]]'', a ScienceFiction novel by HGWells.

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NotToBeConfusedWith '''''[[Literature/TheInvisibleMan The]]''' [[Literature/TheInvisibleMan Invisible Man]]'', a ScienceFiction novel by HGWells.Creator/HGWells.
28th Feb '14 9:00:46 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* TheAllConcealingI: We never do get the protagonist's name. All he does use is "I".



* BrokenAesop: Itentionally; Ellison thought there was something deeply wrong in society, but had no idea what to do to fix it.

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* BrokenAesop: Itentionally; Intentionally; Ellison thought there was something deeply wrong in society, but had no idea what to do to fix it.



* TheChessmaster: Both [[spoiler: Bledsoe and Brother Jack]] qualify. Each is also a VillainWithGoodPublicity.



* TheDitz: Trueblood, among others.



* TheAllConcealingI: We never do get the protagonist's name. All he does use is "I".
* TheChessmaster: Both [[spoiler: Bledsoe and Brother Jack]] qualify. Each is also a VillainWithGoodPublicity.
* TheDitz: Trueblood, among others.
29th Dec '13 5:48:53 PM ssfsx17
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* MalcolmXerox: Ras the Exhorter.

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* MalcolmXerox: Ras the Exhorter.Exhorter - although this is before Malcolm X came to prominence, so more like Marcus Garvey Xerox.
18th Sep '13 10:09:34 PM EKonoMai
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* AlternateUniverse: Noted to resemble 40s-60s America, but heavily distorted and stuffed with metaphors to be different enough, such as the requirement of getting an education if black is beating the tar out of each other for the upper white class's amusement.
* BarBrawl: In this universe, the requirement to get into college, if you're black, is beating the shit out of other black men under the amused eye of white sponsors.



%%* HowWeGotHere
%%* IAmWhatIAm
* InvisibleJerkass: The protagonist considers himself this. Not literally invisible, but socially invisible and thus able to evade the police after assaulting a man.
* JadeColoredGlasses: The main character winds up with them by the end. In fact he buys them. Bledsoe seems to have always had them.

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%%* HowWeGotHere
%%* IAmWhatIAm
* HowWeGotHere: Everything up until the interrogation scene is the main character reflecting on his life so far.
* IAmWhatIAm: The protagonist has come to accept that he is "invisible": not literally so, but that mainstream society ignores him for being a minority, and that the nasty, bizarre events that plagued his life have shaped him.
* InvisibleJerkass: The protagonist considers himself this. Not literally invisible, but socially invisible and thus able to evade the police after assaulting a man.
man. He lampshades it a little, by predicting that the reader will want to grab him and angrily shout at him.
* JadeColoredGlasses: The main character winds up with them by the end. In fact fact, he buys them. Bledsoe seems to have always had them.



%%* TheAllConcealingI

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%%* TheAllConcealingI* TheAllConcealingI: We never do get the protagonist's name. All he does use is "I".
23rd Jun '13 7:37:15 PM mlsmithca
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* [[CrowningMomentofFunny Crowning Moment of Funny]]: Sybil, you were raped by Santa Claus. Surprise!



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: anything and everything that appears in the novel is a metaphor, from the recipe for the paint the main character helps to make, to the Sambo dolls he attempts to destroy. At times, it gets more than a little {{Anvilicious}}.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: anything Anything and everything that appears in the novel is a metaphor, from the recipe for the paint the main character helps to make, to the Sambo dolls he attempts to destroy. At times, it gets more than a little {{Anvilicious}}.



* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: the racial divide.

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* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: the The racial divide.



* JadeColoredGlasses: the main character winds up with them by the end. In fact he buys them. Bledsoe seems to have always had them.

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* JadeColoredGlasses: the The main character winds up with them by the end. In fact he buys them. Bledsoe seems to have always had them.



* LoveFreak: the main character fluctuates between this and TheMessiah, but is ultimately more the former than the latter. Also something of a {{Pollyanna}} and a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, and has elements of {{The Fool}}, but he's more of a {{Butt Monkey}} than that makes him sound. We might as well call him an {{Idiot Hero}}, too. Need it be stated that he's a {{Wide Eyed Idealist}}?
* MalcolmXerox: Ras the Exhorter
* NoNameGiven: if a complex character is introduced before their personality is fully explained, they're often not given a full name until we learn their true nature. Some characters go without a name throughout (most notably the narrator, who doesn't quite understand himself.) This is also used with such characters as the Founder to show that NoCelebritiesWereHarmed.

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* LoveFreak: the The main character fluctuates between this and TheMessiah, but is ultimately more the former than the latter. Also something of a {{Pollyanna}} and a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, and has elements of {{The Fool}}, but he's more of a {{Butt Monkey}} than that makes him sound. We might as well call him an {{Idiot Hero}}, too. Need it be stated that he's a {{Wide Eyed Idealist}}?
* MalcolmXerox: Ras the Exhorter
Exhorter.
* NoNameGiven: if If a complex character is introduced before their personality is fully explained, they're often not given a full name until we learn their true nature. Some characters go without a name throughout (most notably the narrator, who doesn't quite understand himself.) This is also used with such characters as the Founder to show that NoCelebritiesWereHarmed.



* PathOfInspiration: [[spoiler:if it's possible to have a secular one, the Brotherhood is this in spades. Even the lower-ranking officials don't realize just how much the organization focuses on gaining power, and how little its highest-ranking members really care about helping the poor and downtrodden.]]

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* PathOfInspiration: [[spoiler:if [[spoiler:If it's possible to have a secular one, the Brotherhood is this in spades. Even the lower-ranking officials don't realize just how much the organization focuses on gaining power, and how little its highest-ranking members really care about helping the poor and downtrodden.]]



* PowderKegCrowd: one of the main character's few skills is to manipulate these. Ras can do so too.
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: Sybil is a funny case in that she would qualify as {{The Ingenue}} if it weren't for her rape fantasies. (As the victim, mind you, not the rapist--she's utterly smothered by her life, and wants something wild.)

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* PowderKegCrowd: one One of the main character's few skills is to manipulate these. Ras can do so too.
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: Sybil is a funny case in that she would qualify as {{The Ingenue}} TheIngenue if it weren't for her rape fantasies. (As the victim, mind you, not the rapist--she's utterly smothered by her life, and wants something wild.)



* StepfordSmiler: hoo boy. There are ''so'' many black characters to whom this applies, and an awful lot of the Brotherhood fits it too.
* TakeThat: to Horatio Alger, among others.

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* StepfordSmiler: hoo boy. There are ''so'' many black characters to whom this applies, and an awful lot of the Brotherhood fits it too.
* TakeThat: to To Horatio Alger, among others.



* TheChessmaster: both [[spoiler: Bledsoe and Brother Jack]] qualify. Each is also a VillainWithGoodPublicity.

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* TheChessmaster: both Both [[spoiler: Bledsoe and Brother Jack]] qualify. Each is also a VillainWithGoodPublicity.



* YankTheDogsChain: any and every time the main character thinks he's finally found a decent life for himself.

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* YankTheDogsChain: any Any and every time the main character thinks he's finally found a decent life for himself.
30th May '13 11:24:07 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* %% BlingOfWar: Ras loves this trope.

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* %% %%* BlingOfWar: Ras loves this trope.
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