Invisible Man

How are allusions used in the initial descriotion of Mr. Norton In Invisible Man

From the Novel Invisible Man

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Mr. Norton is described as the "symbol of the Great Traditions."

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"Through the rear-view mirror I could see him studying a wafer-thin watch, replacing it in the pocket of his checked waistcoat. His shirt was soft silk, set off with a blue-and-white polka-dotted bow tie. His manner was aristocratic, his movements dapper and suave."

Mr. Norton creates an illusion with the way he dresses and the way he moves. We see a well dressed man, wearing a silk shirt and a waist coat, all while being described as dapper and suave. I don't see a gentleman in this description, but I do see a man attempting to promote a certain allusion, an allusion that says "I'm better than you."


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