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Jan 20

Notice the protagonist’s account and the person’s account and the “reporting” by the Daily News here. In media studies we might call this “framing” of the story that can be realized by DICTION or word choice of the one reporting.

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Jan 20

The protagonist spends some time here describing an incident in which he bumped into or was bumped into by another figure at night. The resulting actions and descriptions are most likely the result of the aching and frustration described earlier within the prologue.

Watch this “bumping.” A later incident in the book will also feature a “bumping” that is unsettling to the protagonist as he enters into the Belly of the Whale.

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Jan 20

He refers to the president of the school basically as a white savior telling the narrator that he affected his whole race. He also refers to the president as a king, which is someone who is above his subject, or in this case, the students, and a god who is above everyone.

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Jan 20

Here the protagonist seems to suggest that his invisibility is not a CHOICE as might be indicated by Aristotle and so he seems to be in pain for the need to be recognized by others.

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Jan 20

The protagonist spends some time here talking about eyes, and vision, and visual acuity (and perhaps perception). These become central to the prologue in presenting the how of the protagonist’s “invisibility.” We, the reader, understand that this is the not the science-fiction notion of “becoming or being invisible” but rather a social construct that might lend to a social theme.

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Jan 20

Aristotle asserted that all issues can be reduced to BLAME, CHOICE, and VALUES. In making his claim of invisibility, the protagonist posits some responsibility (BLAME) for his condition upon others.

Responsibility becomes a operating word/theme in the early part of the book.

“Simply because people refuse to see me.”

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Jan 19

I feel like our soon-to-be former president did not show much effort in including low-income communities into the discussion and placing their problems higher up on the priorities list.

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Jan 19

I think she is doing this to help raise money for Fonny’s bail so that he can be reunited with her and his family.

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Jan 19

and when he mentions what’s happening to him in jail he’s referring to the threats he might be getting from his inmates or inmate.

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