Invisible Man

How does the following quotation reveal the distance between Mr. Norton and Trueblood? How is it an example of a satirist's use of grim humor?

"You have looked upon chaos and are not destroyed!"

'No suh, I feels all right."

"You do? You feel no inner turmoil, no need to cast out the offending eye?"


"Answer me!"

"I'm al right, suh," Trueblood said uneasily. "My eyes all right too. And when I feels po'ly in my gut I takes a little soda and it goes away."

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Trueblood can only understand elementary literal conversation. Norton is speaking with metaphor symbolism. The satire is that Trublood is answering Norton's questions like a child might: this is Trueblood's only way of interpreting Norton's comments.