Blindness By Ralph Ellison 's Invisible Man Essay

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Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man contains a variety of motifs throughout the novel, however none are more prevalent than the motif of blindness. Blindness is seen through a variety of mediums throughout the novel and represents how people will willingly avoid seeing the truth. Whether that truth is about the racial prejudice they receive or the truth of one 's self and community, blindness is apparent almost everywhere the narrator goes. One of the first instances of blindness in the novel is when the narrator is recounting the time in which he was meant to share his graduation speech with the prominent white men of his community, only to get there and be forced to participate in a blindfolded battle royal against his black classmates. Being blindfolded represents the narrators, as well as the other classmates, inability to recognize that they are being exploited by the white men. There was no reason for the black males to be blindfolded, it was done simply because the white men would find it to be more entertaining and serve as a way to make the black males powerless. The narrator views the fight as a necessity to be able to deliver his speech, and fails to realize the way the white men are treating him and how he was being used purely as entertainment. At college, the narrator describes the statue of the founder of the college, a black man, lifting the veil from the eyes of another black man. The narrator notes that the eyes of the Founder are empty and wonders if he is…

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