Critique of the Invisible Man

The goal of every person is to find their place in society. The journey itself is
a hard one, but sometimes unforeseen obstacles make this journey nearly
impossible. The book, The Invisible Man, takes us along the journey with a
man that has no name. You may think that it is odd not to give the main
character of a book a name, but if you think about it, what purpose does a name
serve? Isn’t is said that a man’s actions speak louder than his words? In this
story, the man’s actions go hand in hand with his words, to make him desired
by some, feared and hated by others.

The journey begins with the man fighting for his very education. Earning a
scholarship meant to physically destroy the competition. It showed that to get
an education he had to act the exact opposite of an educated man. He had to
rely upon his own primitive brutality to insure his education. He was then
mocked by having to recite a speech he was to memorize, which showed the
total disrespect the people who were giving the scholarship had for the future

After getting into school, a simple job turned into an unforeseen disaster that
would change his life forever. He was to chauffeur Mr. Norton, a founder of
the college he attended. Mr. Norton was a well educated but very ignorant
man. He felt that the college was doing all of the good that could be done. He
had no idea of the evils that dwelled upon the grounds. Dr. Bledsoe, the head
of the college, had arranged for Mr. Norton to go for a tour of the grounds, but
didn’t expect for him to see “everything” at the college. Mr. Norton asked to
see some of the more unseen areas of the college, so the driver had to oblige
him. Their they met a man with an incestuous past. Mr. Norton was dumb
founded, he had no idea something like this could happen at his college. This
just shows the many evils we come across in our lives that appear like
shadows, taking us by total surprise. The phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind”,
seems to hold great relevance. When you choose to ignore the bad things in life
you become weak, and when they finally do hit you, you may never recover
from the blow.

The next destination they reach is the Golden Day, a hotel/brothel which
exists because no one bothers to do anything about it. It’s a symbol of what
happens when problems are not kept in check. Inside the Golden Day exist
some Sanitarium Patients who represent the many faces of society. What is
normal? These patients may have been average citizens one day, but the strains
of society have taken their toll upon them. The struggle to blend in with society
has caused them such stress that it has robbed them of their sanity. These
peoples’s journeys have had to many twists and turns which they could not
recover from.

After returning, Dr. Bledsoe was informed of what had happened. In a rage
he blamed the driver for everything. This shows society’s need to blame
someone or something. Nothing can be what it appears to be. Someone has to
be blamed for what happened. This marks the end of the beginning of the man
with no identity. Due to circumstances beyond his control he is about to have
his entire dreams unknowingly destroyed.

The man with no name is instructed to go to work for the summer to earn
money for the next semester, which he unknowingly will never see. He is given
letters to deliver to different businessmen in order to get a job. These letters
speak badly of him. Which he discovers when one of the secretaries shows him
the letter. He then gets a job at a factory where they make paint. There he
meets Mr. Brockway his boss, a modern day dictator. Brockway is king of his
domain, the basement, where the work that no one else wants to do is done.
Brockway believes he is a self-made genius due to the fact he helped build the
basement and knows where everything is. This shows how an ego can be
dangerous. Brockway is willing to kill to keep his position. Even though it
may seem like nothing to everyone else, to him, it is his life. It’s his only reason
to exist, and he doesn’t want anyone