"'What a time to be born,' the protagonist thinks as he passes by, and it should be clear here that the birth with which Ellison is concerned is the protagonist's new birth as a public intellectual."
"Eloquence and Invisible Man," Christopher Hanlon (93)
For the record, I liked this second academic article much better. I thought it kept a tighter focus on the topic, and retained a higher interest level for the reader. Many passages from Invisible Man that Hanlon centered on and provided explanations to I found useful in aiding my own understanding of the work. For instance the passage I selected wasn't so clear to me, I remember being confused over why Ellison chose to insert this brief labor moment into the story. Once Hanlon mentioned rebirth, I thought "Oh...." I'm still taken back by the many functions a minute detail can hold in a story. It's funny thinking back to how I once read, especially in association with the topic of invisibility, because I was blind to all the invisible connections. It has been like being let in on a secret. I was also surprised to hear that the protagonist's speech at the "Battle Royal" was not Ellison's own thoughts but in fact the words of Booker T. Washington.