The invisible man’s effort to get rid of his grandfather’s influence was visible from the beginning of the book, and so when he saw his grandfather in Brother Tarp — “Framed there in the gray, early morning light of the door, my grandfather seemed to look from his eyes.” (384) — he was so shocked that for a while he could not look into Brother Tarp’s eyes. His grandfather had been the invisible man’s model except that the former’s last words confused him deeply and became the source of his anxiety; Brother Tarp provided advice to help the invisible man steady his belief and confidence, yet he was not there when so many changes happened and the invisible man needed his help. Both people who had been chosen as a form of guides by the invisible man betrayed him, and the betrayal seemed to me to hint at something which the invisible man unconsciously rejected to consider. With brotherhood’s not-so-noble nature starting to reveal, I wonder if during the process the invisible man would start to examine his beliefs, and how could he reconcile his grandfather’s ideology to his own.
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