Multiculturalism : A Different View Of Multiculturalism Essays

1086 Words Dec 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Multiculturalism has been defined as the co-existence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviours, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles (CITE IFLA). In contrast to the aforementioned view of multiculturalism. I will argue that the novel Invisible Man presents a different view of multiculturalism. A view which holds multiculturalism is greater than that which is formed by the simple co-existence of diverse cultures. It is a society in which many cultures combine to form an entirely new homogenous culture. One that does not retain its individual characteristics which are easily categorized by race or religion, but one in which the reciprocal and complementary contribution of those individual characteristics combine to create an entirely new culture. I will argue this on the basis that cultures cannot co-exist without assimilating the influences of one another. To argue otherwise would be to deny current and past megatrends. I will support my assertions through analysis of the narrator’s literal and metaphorical use of jazz music in the prologue, the symbolic representation of the character Rinehart, as well as analysis of the narrator’s closing remarks in the epilogue. In the prologue the protagonist finds himself listening to music by Louis Armstrong on his phonograph. The song he listens to, “What Did I Do to Be So Black and Blue,” addresses the…

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