After graduation from high school
Invisible Man gives a speech to powerful
He is awarded a scholarship based on his
wanted to leave but I wanted also to
speak and I was afraid they‟d snatch me
This isthe first speech IM gives in front of
powerful and intimidating men.
IM draws from this experience later when
he delivers a speech to a mob.
While IM was driving Mr. Norton, Mr.
Norton asked him to stop at Trueblood‟s
cabin. Trueblood tells of the incestuous
relationship he had with his daughter.
“Trueblood‟s mouth fell agape, his eyes
widened and filled with moisture as he
took the bill between trembling fingers.
It was a hundred-dollar bill” (69).
IM learns the advantages of good oratory
as Norton hands Trueblood money. He
learns how to appeal to emotions instead
At IM‟slast chapel, Barbee shares stories
of the founder. After the speech, IM
discovers that Barbee is blind.
“between the gesture and the opaque
glitter of his glasses, I saw the blinking of
sightless eyes. Homer A. Barbee was
The IMlearns that you can overcome any
obstacles to influence your audience in
comes back with Norton the
disgruntled Bledsoe lectures him.
“Why, thedumbest black bastard in the
cotton patch knows that the only way to
please a white man is to tell him a lie”
This showsIM characteristics of being
overtly honest and lack of fear for
The IM sees the possessions of a poor
family in Harlem strewn all over the
street. He‟s moved to speak about the
injustices of poverty.
“Something had been working fiercely
inside me, and for a moment I had
forgotten the rest of the crowd” (270).
significant because it gets him the
job with the Brotherhood and incites the
the crowd to act within a few words.
a speech about dispossession
given to a crowd at the rally by IM. IM
discusses how he has evolved as a
“My true people! My true country! I am
a new citizen of the country of your
vision, a native of your fraternal land”
IMgains more confidence and learns that
he needs to be less emotional when he
When IM is walking the streets, he
discovers Clifton persuading a crowd to
buy Sambo dolls.
“Sambo-Woogie, you don‟t have to feed
him, he sleeps collapsed, he‟ll kill your
depression and your dispossession, he
lives upon the sunshine of your lordly
This speechshows the betrayal of Clifton
because he is selling the ethnically
funeral, IM speaks bluntly to
the crowd. He cannot bring himself to
speak on the issues of the brotherhood. It
is a parody of Brutus‟ eulogy.
“ „Allright,‟ I called out, feeling
desperate. It wasn‟t the way I wanted it to
go, it wasn‟t political” (457).
This speech shows the IM taking his own
initiative instead of listening to the
specific orders of the Brotherhood‟s