The above link is a link to a podcast that discusses InvisibleMan – more importantly, it also discusses the narrator’s identity crisis, and reflects on how the people around him impose their own identities and beliefs upon him, making it difficult for him to conform to any one standard. Such an idea is, once again, applicable to Lacan’s mirror stage: the narrator is impressed with so many outside influences that he cannot disregard their beliefs in favor of his own.
One such outside influence is the Brotherhood – the narrator sees with them an opportunity to finally be “visible” and gain a true identity, yet his attempts are flawed once more. His passion for the Brotherhood’s beliefs is somewhat similar to his passion for the Founder’s philosophy earlier on in the book: he was fully committed to them both, yet one has to wonder if he became committed and devoted not because he truly believed in the ideas, but rather because it was a mode of acceptance and an easy way for him to gain a more coherent sense of self.
Listen to the podcast and consider the following questions. What are your opinions? How is his passion for the beliefs of the Brotherhood any different than his passion for the beliefs of the Founder? What makes them more genuine/less genuine?
Post your response before class time tomorrow. Also respond to at least one classmate's post. Please try to stretch their comments as much as you praise them. Do not be afraid to question, reference the text, or respectfully challenge.