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This can be the tale of the way I got here to just accept who i'm. this can be a tale of worry, hate, melancholy, and wish. there'll be tears and there'll be ache, I lay my soul naked and inform the reality regardless of how undesirable it makes me glance. This tale is a remedy consultation. This tale is my fact, and that i make no apology.

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Go home, he’s as dead as he’ll ever die. That’s the end in the beginning and there’s no encore” (343). If the end of Tod’s funeral oration is in the beginning, then that is one more way in which Tod is like the narrator, who tells us in the prologue about his own narration that “the end is in the beginning and lies far ahead” (5). Thus Tod Clifton, buried in a density of allusion, from which he might or might not rise, as Christ or anti-Christ, to save or reveal his friend or betrayer, the invisible man, speaking a funeral sermon on the so-called mountain after the death of his Tod.

Clifton would have known them better than I. He knew them all the time” (334). As they leave, the invisible man again acknowledges their spiritual significance: “I studied them closely until they left the train, their shoulders rocking, their heavy heel plates clicking remote, cryptic messages in the brief silence of the train’s stop” (335). Studying these young men, the invisible man again assumes the role of student, this time not at anyone’s direct command, but as the self-willed revolt against the imposed and institutionalized studies which have enslaved and betrayed him.

For dogma is the real devil of Invisible Man, no matter whose. When the invisible man subverts his individuality to the cause of dogma, he indeed becomes the devil’s henchman, but when he sees himself or others as individuals he moves toward salvation. Because dogma makes people blind, it causes the narrator’s invisibility; it blocks the light and limits possibilities. Dogma is the dog that has undone so many in this novel.  . ” (132) that dog-daddy is a dogma, too. Wheatstraw’s shift from “oh” to “o” echoes the implied shift in chapter 2, where Ellison transfers his debt from Whitman to what the invisible man o, o, owes those multimillionaires.

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