To clarify, the author is the speaker and the narrator. The names are used interchangeably.
“I am a man of substance... possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”
The contrast between tangibility and invisibility shows the speaker’s life in a racist world. Even if he possesses great thoughts, strength, and value, he is still nothing because of his black skin. Of course, even if he is an educated man or a skilled worker or whatever, he is still not appreciated by his talents, but by his appearance. (1)
The fight and insults in the dark represent the hatred and mistrust between the blacks and the whites. In darkness, of course anyone will be scared when pumped into someone else and maybe say something insulting. However, both people over react and a simple accident almost turns into a murder. (6)
But the most interesting part of the fight is the speaker’s motive and the newspaper’s report. The speaker tries to let the white dude apologize, or let him recognize the speaker. Well, more like the speaker’s identity that breaks him apart from the stereotypes of blacks. However, the newspaper does the opposite; it emphasizes the negative image of the blacks and paints the real attacker (white dude) as a weak, helpless victim. (8)
The speaker steals electricity to make his room visible. So, he tries to show himself yet hides underground. CONTRADICTION. (10)
“Maybe freedom lies in hating.”
Once again, it shows the hatred and mistrust between the two races. The main root of the problem is both races don’t understand each other; they refuse to recognize their differences and appreciate each other’s uniqueness. But these negative images and hopeless thoughts thwart people’s attempts to reconcile. (14)
Music stuff + “1369 bulbs… klieg light.” REAPPEARANCE.
Well, that’s a lot of candela and nit. With such intensity and luminance, it seems that the speaker tries to break his invisibility and...