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The War of the Worlds Paperback – March 8, 2017
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"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids–and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination–indeed, everything and anything except me."
Each of the black characters responds to invisibility differently. Violence, passivity, and manipulation all play a role in each black characters need to be 'seen'. Each of these options is simply a reaction to white oppression. I personally know people that fit into each category, while I myself stand there trying to figure out where I fit in.
For the narrator, the best choice is to live invisibly, surviving in the dominant culture but having no influence on it, nor letting it have any influence on you.
Ellison saw his literary task as one of “revealing the human universals hidden within the plight of one who was both black and American." That in 1952. Even today in 2017, we are seeing a need to revisit this yet again.
Throughout the book, the narrator constantly questions "humanity" and "individuality" in all forms. To be an individual is to be human and when one’s individuality is taken away or ignored, so is their humanity. This is how oppression is carried out without the conscience of the oppressor getting in the way–if a person’s individuality and humanity are stripped away through prejudice and stereotyping, it is easier for the oppressor to see the oppressed as simple objects. And they will be treated and used accordingly. The narrator bends and shifts to fit into these roles, all the while thinking that he’s doing it for his own benefit. That is, until the epiphany of his invisibleness hits.
The invisible man is about the effects of oppression and prejudice on the minds of the victims and oppressors. This literary classic is a must-read for anyone want to understand the black experience.
As the story opens, a group of educated men are listening to the claim of a young adventurer and inventor that time travel is possible. The young man provides a demonstration, in which a small device disappears. He then show the men a full scale version, in which he claims he will travel through time. When the men reassemble in one week's time, an exhausted and haggard Time Traveler makes a dramatic appearence, with an even more dramatic claim, that he has just returned from the future. His story is exotic and chilling, and scarcely believable...
This graphic novel version captures both the wonder and the horror of H.G. Wells' novel, in a format that easy to read and easy to follow. Highly recommended to readers of all ages.
The Fabric of Reality) but that does not detract from the fun of these stories.