Day 5

Invisible Man Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is the difference between the narrator's perception of Tod's death and the committee's perception thereof?

    The committee dismisses Tod's loss: in selling the Sambo dolls, he had already become self-hating, a purveyor of racist goods, and he had long ago abandoned the Brotherhood. Tod's death, per the committee, might have happened of his own choosing. The narrator sees Tod as betrayed, having lost his ideals, and the victim of a murder. The experience of witnessing is visceral and horrific for the narrator: he knows that he might well be a victim like Tod was himself, and he is now confused by the Brotherhood's dismissal of someone who was for so long a loyal member and...

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