Apex Hides the Hurt - Pages 167 – 212 Summary & Analysis

Colson Whitehead
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The narration recounts the night of the Identity Awards. During the ceremony, the protagonist found himself thinking of everyone in the room as using a fake name, and that their real names would be labels of their worst characteristics. He suddenly feels physically ill and also disillusioned about his profession. The narrative then shifts to the barbecue hosted by Lucky. In this scene, it suddenly dawns on the protagonist that Lucky likely timed all of these pro-Aberdeen activities with the protagonist’s visit as a means of swaying the protagonist towards the name New Prospera. The protagonist becomes drunk and begins to have an existential crisis, wondering how he should proceed with his life and with the decision of naming the town. He suddenly stands on top of a table and shouts that he wishes to announce his decision for the name of the...

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