Opportunity And Rebirth In “Invisible Man” By Ralph Ellison

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As the story of the “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison continues the theme changes from invisibility to opportunity and rebirth. It is in the chapters 7-14 that the theme of the book takes an unexpected turn. The once invisible man who desired to be seen for he was rather than by the stereotypes given to him was now a new man. By using real life scenarios and detail the author conveys his message of how invisibility was defeated by one’s aspirations to be greater.
As we already know the narrator has been expelled from school and is now in Harlem. Having been in a terrible accident while working at Liberty Paints, the author is blown away and knocked unconscious. As he awakes he remembers nothing of his past. In a sense the narrator is reborn. His intentions for having revenge on Dr. Bledsoe remained however. This shows the narrator’s willingness to fight for what he believes in. He leaves the hospital and collapses, only to be saved by a woman named Mary Rambo. She houses him and cares for him and asks that he fight for the betterment of African Americans.
This is another step in the narrator’s rebirth. He now has something to work towards. Before all he desired was to be seen for his abilities rather than the labels of blacks. The stereotypes that the black man is a criminal made him metaphorically invisible. Now he realizes that he has to take action. An example of the narrator taking action was when he witnesses the Provos, a black family being evicted from their home. Furniture and books and clothing are thrown onto the street. The eldest of the family begs the agent to let her pray but, he blocks her path. This ignites something in the narrator. He begins to talk. This is a pinnacle of the story. When he...

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