Essay about The Bird Motif in Invisible Man
The …show more content…
From his southern lifestyle, the narrator is forced into believing that being white is the right way. "If you're white, you're right"(218). There is a similar example with the birds. While the narrator is at the Golden Day, Halley yells for the group of stool-pigeons to clean up and change into a white suit(82). To be white is to be right in every way. When the white man enters, all must be clean and proper. At Emerson's office the birds go wild until the white Mr. Emerson enters the room(181). At the Golden Day the drunkards must be proper because there are white people in the building(82).
The birds mock the narrator because of his alienation from all races and groups of society. At the college the narrator dreams of walking past the white magnolias and how the mockingbirds fluttered their tails at him(34). At the factory health room, the narrator hears the mocking song of the mocking bird above a choir of muted horns, while the air fills with white gnats(234). In this instance he is the caged robin and picked clean (as in the kids' rhyme)(193). He is trapped and cannot escape,