The narrator finds the scene with the blond man in "The Prologue" of Invisible Man ironic because the man has been "mugged" by someone who is "invisible."
In "The Prologue," Ellison's narrator explains his theory of invisibility. He says he is not literally invisible; rather, he is not seen by others. He writes, "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse me" (3). The narrator relates the encounter with the blond man, saying he "accidentally bumped into a man," who then called him a racial slur. He insisted the man apologize to him, but he would not, so the narrator beat him bloody. The irony of the encounter is described as follows:
it occurred to me that the man had not seen me, actually; that he, as far as he knew, was in the midst of a walking nightmare! . . . I was amused. Something in this man's thick head had sprung out and beaten him within an inch of his life. I began to laugh at this crazy discovery . . . The next day I saw his picture in the Daily News, beneath a caption...
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