The Problem Of Double Consciousness In Dubois's Invisible Man

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In his concept of double consciousness, DuBois presented the problem of racial servitude and the struggle of African Americans who were forced to see themselves through perspectives of whites at the same time trying not to forget their own identity. The protagonist Invisible Man had realized about his double consciousness only at the end of his journey. At first, he did not know who he really was and he did not realize that whatever identity he was taking, was not his choice but a choice of others. Subconsciously he was performing as others wanted him to. His first encounter with double consciousness was during the trip with Mr. Norton to the Golden Day bar. The two characters were told by one of the veterans who happened to be in that bar that Invisible Man was not aware of his double consciousness yet and that the two are in a way invisible to each other. “You see, he said turning to Mr. Norton, ―he has eyes and ears and a good distended African- nose, but he fails to understand the simple facts of life... He registers with his sense but short-circuits his brain. Nothing has meaning. He takes it in but he doesn‘t digest it. Already he is … A walking zombie! Already he‘s learned to repress not only his emotions but his humanity. He‘s invisible, a waking personification of the Negative, the most perfect achievement of your dreams, sir! The mechanical man! . . . Poor stumblers, neither of you can see the other. To you he is a mark on the scorecard of your achievement, a thing
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