Although many people think that being different is a good thing, there are people who think that it is not good. According to Ralph Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man, people react negatively toward those who are different. due to the fact that it has been taught by society, they want to feel superior and they’re afraid of change.
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I chose this topic because I’m interested in the reasoning behind treating people who are different from you badly. You don’t wake up one day and say I’m going to this and that to this person just because I want to. It’s been conditioned and intertwined into society that we must act a certain way towards people. This can be proven by the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellington, Audre Lorde’s essay, “Age, Race, Class & Sex: Women Redefining Difference” and other sources by showing that it’s been taught by society, they want to feel superior, and they’re afraid of change.
According to Ralph Ellison’s novel, the protagonist talks about a fellow black man and how he was or acted. When Trueblood didn’t act a certain way, the protagonist called him a “disgrace upon the black community” (46). His full name is Jim Trueblood and he accepted his black heritage and wasn’t afraid to show it. But as a consequence he was treated as a pariah for not following the social norms which was to do whatever the white men told you to do.
This supports my claim because in that that time, (1940’s where there was still segregation), it was taught by society that black people should act a certain way to be accepted by white people. But Jim wasn’t like that. He did the things that he wanted and for that he was treated as an outcast. Trueblood was also a singer but some people didn’t like the way. According to the novel, “We were embarrassed by the earthly harmonies… dared not to laugh at the crude… animal sounds Jim Trueblood made…” (47). Jim was made fun of the way he sang because he didn’t sing “normally”. He was accepted by neither the black people and the white people. So the people reacted negatively to him being different.
As I said earlier, people react negatively to difference because they want to feel superior. Based on Audre Lorde’s essay “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference”, in reaction to someone’s difference, people choose to “ignore it, and if that is not possible, copy it if we [the oppressed] think it is dominant, or destroy it if we think it is subordinate”. This means that people put other people who are not like them down so that they can feel more power or be more superior. So the people who are made to feel inferior,
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