Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Haley Reading group: The Intuitionist, 221 - 255

[The Intuitionist (1999)]

We've finished or just about finished Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist. Many of the mysteries have been cleared up for us. Maybe?

Some of us have been noting what we viewed as powerful sentences from the novel. Here's one that caught my attention: They were all slaves to what they could see.' But there was a truth behind that they couldn't see" (239). Notably, a key character had been passing for white, which raises all kinds of ideas of people failing to see beyond the surface.

What was a sentence or two that stood out to you from our reading (221 - 255)? Why that sentence or those sentences? Be sure to cite the page number.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

On page 234, Lila Mae's dad says "It's not so different up there, Lila Mae. They have the same whiye people up there they got down here. It might look different. It might feel different. But it's the same." I felt that was representative of what many characters had to go through in the story, such as Fulton, who had to let people think he was white.

-Isaiah J.

Anonymous said...

The sentence that by far stuck out to me the most in this section was where Whitehead said, "Then she changes her mind and goes for Number Fourteen, Eleven's opposite in Bank B. Fourteen is also flanked by two elevators, and must share that distinct middle child anxiety." (Whitehead 224) This line stood out to me not only because the reference is on point, but also because this is something I would never have heard from any other author I've read from in all of my previous schooling. This line simply goes to shows the wit of Colson Whitehead.

Jason Alexander

Phoenix Johnson said...

"Catastrophic accidents are a-million-in-a-million occurrences, not so much what happens very seldom but what happens when you subtract what happens all the time" (230). This makes me think how people even myself takes our blessings for granted sometimes. If we take out making to our destination safe without problems, seeing our loved ones, and eating every day life would seem horrible. Theses one in a million chances we fo not think k about xan change our lives.

Justin J said...

A sentence that stood out to me was on page 240, when Lila says, "Their scared Empiricism has no meaning when it can be bought." This quote stood out to me because the experiences that lead them to be racist and prejudice are put to the side when money is in the mix. It goes on to explain how they base their experiences off of the skin color of the person instead of their character. This relates to the problems African Americans faced in the United States for hundreds of years.

Fontez McNeal said...

"The Uncle Tom, the grinning nigger, the house nigger who is to blame for her debased place in this world. Pompey gave them a blueprint for colored folk" (Whitehead 239). The vulgarity and diction used in the quote is what was memorable. If Lila Mae would use those words to describe another black person, it shows just how much of a distaste she has for him.

Thomas Siganga said...

"The elevator world will look like Heaven but not the Heaven you have reckoned"(Whitehead 241). This saying stuck with me as it reminded me of much of the society I see today. This quote shows the grim truth of the world as people in real life usually have a goal and eventually accomplish it but do not receive the exact feeling or thing that they originally wanted. This can be seen with people through jobs or multiple industries today.