Invisible Man Essay

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Ellison's book, Invisible Man was written in the 1930s. It deals with the identity of a black man in white America. The narrator writes in first person, emphasizing his individual experience and events portrayed; though the narrator and the main character remain anonymous throughout the book, they go by the name Invisible Man. The character decides that the world is full of blind people and sleep walkers who cannot see him for who he really is, thus he calls himself the Invisible Man, though he is not truly invisible, it is just a refusal for others to see him. Through a long and frustrating search, the Invisible Man hopes to answer questions that may be unanswerable. The search begins with his desire to attend college. Education represented on opportunity to escape ignorance and poverty. The ability to attend the Negro college comes to him through hard work. As valedictorian of his high school class he receives a scholarship. Invisibility, in the story, is looked upon as a bad thing. While the Invisible Man thinks optimistically and uses his invisibility as a way to undermine people, or society. Though invisibility can not allow you to be powerful or have power of your own, it can bring you freedom, to allow you to go and do whatever it is that you may chose. One person becomes invisible because someone is blind. He should have thought of that at the beginning of his search so that he might have known that no one is ever truly visible to everyone. Ellison uses every aspect of his novel to emphasize his intentions. The novel takes place in early 20th century in a racist-filled Eastern United States. The racism is evident throughout the novel, in the south where the narrator enrolls to college. White men and women influence the black-only college in which the narrator initially resides. Invisible Man, reveals the truth that American society willfully ignores African Americans. Ellison uses the vocabulary of a learned man, to portray the extravagant experiences of the main character. The novel was one of first books to openly state and describe the racial problems in the United States from a black American's point of view. The setting of invisible man was in the 1950's in the United States. The 1950's the world was recovering from WWII. The world was coming together to repair itself and become prosperous again. Although most of the world began to thrive again, the black community in the United States was still being discriminated against. But the blacks began to take action and take a stand on their place in society. So in the 1950's there was still heavy segregation and discrimination against blacks. Invisible man is definitely a disputable book, which most likely caused many problems in the 1950's. In Invisible man there was extreme violence shown. The first chapter called the "battle royal" white men pay for a few 'Negro' young men to fight for their entertainment. At the same scene, a white, nude striper taunts them. I feel that this...

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