How would one feel if they knew that no matter what they did, they will never be recognized for what they are trying to accomplish? Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal” discusses a part of his history where he thought he was making a difference in the world, but he was blinded by his innocence and naivete to the fact that he invisible to the white upper class, they don’t see the real him, all they see is a race that they can take advantage of. Invisibly and Blindness are both portrayed in “Battle Royal” through the specific examples like Ralph. Ralph is blind to the fact that the people that he is performing his speech for don’t particularly care about anything that he has to say. Throughout the entire story, he was only focused on if there was
The Importance of Action John Ruskin was a famous artist and critic who composed multiple works including The Crown of Wild Olive in which the quote, “What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do,” is found. Ruskin is saying that thoughts, knowledge, or beliefs do not have very much significance and only action can lead to tangible results. The ideas in this statement have been shown to be correct throughout literature and history in To Kill a Mockingbird, “The Gettysburg Address,” and “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
The Story of Malcolm X Malcolm X was a Black rights activist during the 1960’s, he was regarded as a powerful speaker and a highly intelligent person. He was averse to blacks and white living in harmony, and spearheaded the black separatist movement. Malcolm X was not always the man that is taught to the public in history classes however, “Learning to read”, and excerpt from Malcolm X’s autobiography, recounts the tale of who Malcolm X was before he was well read, and how a prison’s library shaped views during the civil rights movement, and started fanning the flames for his racism.
The author of Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, was born in 1914 on March 1, in Oklahoma City. Invisible Man was published in 1952 by Random House. Segregation was in full-swing and the country was divided. It was the only novel published during his lifetime but he also published some of his own poetry. Ellison used his personal experiences, the period’s high tension and the influence of other powerful writers to produce a brilliant social commentary about overcoming racism and empowering oneself despite racial differences.
A recurring theme in the book Citizen by Claudia Rankine is the erasure of African Americans in society and their own identities. On page 77 of the book, Rankine tells a story of someone who is presumably African American at a grocery store. A man cuts in front of them and then the cashier points out that they were in front of him. The man apologizes and says “Oh my God, I didn’t see you…I really didn’t see you”. This may suggest that since black people tend to be erased in society, other people cannot see them.
Clifton and the Invisible Man are very similiar when it comes to the aspects of their lives. They share the same mindset about equality and aren’t afraid to show it. But even with this mindset, Clifton and the Invisible man are still treated as a “black” man during this time period. The biggest difference between the two of them is how they see the way they are manipulated. When Clifton leaves the brotherhood,he is aware of the organization's schemes that will take place.
In the novella Anthem, the story, told in the eyes of a 21 year old man named Equality 7-2521, not only shows the horrors of living in a dystopian society, but also the naive opinions the people around him have over the ways things are run. With such a society, the reader discovers more of the cities many unique rules and regulations as the early chapters, or journal entries, move forward. By the end of the story, however, Equality has made his way out of the city and dreams of a new society, based off of books he found from the Unmentionable Times, or in other words, before the existence of the city in which Equality used to live. Anthem portrays a dystopian society with rules and regulations unlike any other. This can be seen in everyone
I agree they were trying to preserve a way of life that many people were accoustomed to and that did not directly iknfringe on their rights of of coure they were blinded. too blinded to see the unjustice too blinded to see the seperate but equal nonsense they were spewing was utter nonesne. If you could not take the children from those white schools and send them to the African American ones without the circurillum changing or them being appaled by the classroom conditions than equality was not present.
In “Anthem”, by Ayn Rand, Equality 7-2521 is completely unaware that the Council he trusts is actually plotting against him to maintain control of the society, but comes to realize the truth about his society as he questions its morals and eventually runs away to make his own path. This leads to his ultimate realization that his society is completely and totally evil. He weeps when he discovers the word “I”. He had been searching for a word that could suffice for that meaning, but never found it until he ran away from the society to discovery it. The society in Anthem was morally wrong for a handful of reasons.
In The Amistad, John Quincy Adam’s Speech defended the Africans and argued that they should be granted their freedom. His words drew many people approve that everyone has their own right. His skillful arguments convinced the court to rule in favor of returning the Africans to their native country. One of John Quincy Adam’s speeches was, “The District Judge, contrary to all the anticipations of the Executive, decided that the thirty-six Negroes brought before the Court were freemen; that they had been kidnapped in Africa; that they did not own Spanish names; that they were not correctly described in the passport, but were new Negroes fully entitled to their liberty.” He stated that those people, who were born in Africa, were free men.