Analysis Of Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison Essay

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Many people say that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but no one ever said anything about not judging a book by its first chapter. In the novel, Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison uses the first chapter to introduce major themes, characters, conflicts, motifs, mood, and tone. Chapter one is the story of the battle royal where the narrator fights other black men for the entertainment of white men. Through this chapter, Ellison immediately exposes the audience to the effect of racism on the narrator and the limitations brought about by devoutly following a single ideology. This introduces readers to the conflicts the narrator will face and the motifs that go along with those conflicts. Chapter one also provides an indication of the mood and tone of the story. The first chapter of Invisible Man presents vital information about what the narrator will face throughout the novel’s entirety. The first chapter portrays how racism hinders the invisible man from finding who he really is. Soon after entering the ring, a white blindfold is placed around the invisible man’s head. This symbolizes how black men are blinded by what white men tell them. When the narrator is told who he is supposed to be by white men, he believes it to be true. For example, after the battle royal when the narrator was giving his speech, and he accidently said “social equality”, the white men ensured that he meant to say “social responsibility.” Without thinking too much, the narrator agreed with the white men.…

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