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Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison Essay

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Invisible Man is a book novel written by Ralph Ellison. The novel delves into various intellectual and social issues facing the African-Americans in the mid-twentieth century. Throughout the novel, the main character struggles a lot to find out who he is, and his place in the society. He undergoes various transformations, and notably is his transformation from blindness and lack of understanding in perceiving the society (Ellison 34).

  In order to fully examine the narrator’s transformation journey, there are many factors that have to be looked at in the themes that are discussed in the book. They include the Grandfather’s message in chapter one, Tod Clifton’s death, when the narrator ...view middle of the document...

Tod Clifton’s death is also a major turnaround point in the narrator’s story. Tod is the leader of Harlems brotherhood branch and is opposed to the interracial brotherhood; he rather believes that blacks should fight the white entirely. After the narrator is posted to advocate for women’s rights, he returns to find out that Clifton has disappeared and upon searching for him he realizes that he has broken ranks with the brotherhoods alongside many others with a feeling that the brotherhood had betrayed them. Clifton now sold “sambo” dolls. Clifton is killed in the narrator’s presence and organizes a funeral for him. He takes the part of a rebel in associating himself with dissidents of the brotherhood. The journey of his transformation is furthered by his meeting with Clifton’s death and later the fury of jack and other brotherhood leaders. He realizes that he cannot remain in the white’s power structure and still fight it from within.

When Dr Bledsoe decides to expel the narrator from college, he learns very valuable lessons that would later propel him to self transformation. Dr Bledsoe is dubious, imperious and commanding as he wears many masks. He does not like the idea that the narrator wants to unmask him and thus expels him. Bledsoe uses duplicity to exploit donor support and whereas the narrator’s grandfather had advised them to use duplicity as a tool to preserve their identity, he uses it for selfish personal advancement in this case to remain in the white’s power structure and enjoy the privileges that come with it...

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