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Invisible Man:
Mr. Norton- "you are my fate, young man"

he talks about emerson's self realiance and how emerson is important

but isnt he going aganist emerson's theory of self reliance??

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asked by Eli
  1. My opinion, Not necessarily.

    One can be self reliant and still be subject to outside forces.
    We never know who we will meet or what unplanned situation we will face.
    Mr. Norton, I think , is saying that their meeting is an "opportunity" that has been given him to "teach".

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  2. but i don't get it, mr norton relies on invisible man for his fate so therefore he isnt expressing emerson's theory.

    also he isnt teaching anyone everyhting is for his benefit: does that tell me something??

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    posted by Eli
  3. Again, I don't believe that Mr.Norton is teaching for his own benefit.

    Norton's meeting the invisible man, is a "happenstance, fluke of fate" that provides him with an opportunity to fulfill his destiny to be a "teacher". He does not have to accept this challenge. In that way, Norton's "fate" is in his own hands. He can choose NOT to 'teach'....and that too will determine his "fate".

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