Epilogue Notes from Invisible Man

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Invisible Man Epilogue

So that is the story of the invisible man. That is how he came to live in this hole that is the cellar of an all-white building. He's searched for his relationship to reality and the world and visibility. The answer he's come up with is diversity: "America is woven of many strands; I would recognize them and let it so remain. It's 'winner take nothing' that is the great truth of our country or of any country. Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. Our fate is to become one, and yet many -- This in not prophecy, but description." Epilogue, pg. 577

Before the narrator decided to come out of hibernation for good, he saw Mr. Norton lost in the subway one day. The old man asked him for directions and he asked Norton if he remembered that the narrator was Norton's destiny. The old man had no clue what the narrator was talking about and he got on a train as fast as he could to get away. The invisible man has decided to leave the cellar and to go on living, not to conform, but to live because on the most basic level, his voice is the voice of all humankind.

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