Critique of "The Invisible Man"

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The goal of every person is to find their place in society. The journey itself is

a hard one, but sometimes unforeseen obstacles make this journey nearly

impossible. The book, The Invisible Man, takes us along the journey with a

man that has no name. You may think that it is odd not to give the main

character of a book a name, but if you think about it, what purpose does a name

serve? Isn't is said that a man's actions speak louder than his words? In this

story, the man's actions go hand in hand with his words, to make him desired

by some, feared and hated by others.

The journey begins with the man fighting for his very education. Earning a

scholarship meant to physically destroy the competition. It showed that to get

an education he had to act the exact opposite of an educated man. He had to

rely upon his own primitive brutality to insure his education.

He was then

mocked by having to recite a speech he was to memorize, which showed the

total disrespect the people who were giving the scholarship had for the future


After getting into school, a simple job turned into an unforeseen disaster that

would change his life forever. He was to chauffeur Mr. Norton, a founder of

the college he attended. Mr. Norton was a well educated but very ignorant

man. He felt that the college was doing all of the good that could be done. He

had no idea of the evils that dwelled upon the grounds. Dr. Bledsoe, the head

of the college, had arranged for Mr. Norton to go for a tour of the grounds, but

didn't expect for him to see "everything" at the college. Mr. Norton asked to

see some of the...