Namelessness Gives Flexibility

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The new suit imparted a newness to me. I was the new clothes and the new name and the circumstances. It was a newness too subtle to put into thought, but there it was. I was becoming someone else." (Ellison 335)


I picked this quote because I think through his speeches our narrator is creating a new person in himself. While the namelessness of the narrator may seem somewhat bothersome to us as readers, I think it is important because it allows the character to assume this new identity with a lot of ease. Throughout the novel, the narrator is constantly taking on a new role of who he is, usually depending on the audience he is trying to please. He fights and makes the speech the scholarship people want to hear and later on he says the speeches that the Brotherhood wants him to make. Without having a name, the narrator has the flexibility to take on these new identities.


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