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  • MOTIF: Black & Dark By: Cindy
  • THEMES: 1) Dark objects do not have a defined role until there is another color to oppose their development. 2)Darkness is not darkness until a lighter color is present.
  • "My hole is warm and full of light. Yes, full of light. I doubt if there is a brighter spot in all New York than this hole of mine" (Page 6).
  • Explanation: The invisible man lives in a black hole where he illuminates his life with bright white lights. This hole characterizes who he is because he is a black man who acts white, thinking its best.
  • Explanation: This scene brought in the reference of Christianity. It highlights that being born black is already a sin in the eyes of God, being darker is an abomination.
  • "'When yo black 'bomination is birthed to bawl yo wicked sin befo the eyes of God'" (Page 67).
  • "Me on one side and the ole lady on the otherand the gal in the middle. It was dark, plum black. Black as the middle of a bucket of tar" (Page 54).
  • Explanation: The invisible man goes crazy in sight of other black people if are not acting "white." The thought of the incest scene is seen as dark/disturbing, ironically occurring at night.
  • Explanation: The picture above is during the mugging scene in the beginning of the book, it as well occurred at night. The narrator uses his dark skin as his own benefit helping him out with his invisibility - using Washington's viewpoints.
  • "I stared at him hard as the lights of a car stabbed through the darkness. He lay there moaning on the asphalt; a man almost killed by a phantom" (Page 4).
  • Explanation: This is the scene of the narrator working with the pain. The dope is black. And its necessary to make paint of the "purest" white. Yet, it was black dope and that represented the white wash of African Americans.
  • "Slowly, I measured the glistening black drops, seeing them settle upon the surface and become blacker still, spreading suddenly, out to the edges"(Page 200).
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