Invisible Man Book Report

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Invisible Man Book Report Invisible Man is a thrilling narrative about a young African-American man who narrates his life during the 1930’s in the South and then in Harlem . The young man is not physically invisible but, refers to himself in this way to symbolize how he is not seen for himself due to the racial stereotypes and prejudice were present in this area and forcefully surround him and the pigment of his skin. Invisible Man is well crafted by Ralph Ellison a native Okie born in 1914 who used his life’s experiences as a basis for those captured in this piece of literature. The main character, the narrator, simply remains a voice throughout the entire novel, never revealing his name or any details about him. All the assumptions made …show more content…
He says that he goes underground to tell the story of his life and how people refuse to see him. The narrator is a gifted public speaker and because of that he gets the opportunity to deliver a speech in front of many important white men. As a reward, they give him a scholarship to a prestigious African-American college . However, this only occurs after he fights in a battle royal with other black men. Then, they fight for fake coins on a electrical rug and causes the men to jump as the electric current runs through their body. Three years later, the narrator is a student at the college he got to scholarship for. He is asked to drive around Mr.Norton, a trustee of the school, around the campus. Mr.Norton constantly is talking about his daughter so when hearing the legend of Jim Trueblood, the man who impregnated his daughter, he feels drowsy and ask for a drink. The narrator takes him to the Golden Day, a predominately black bar. A fight breaks out at the bar and Mr.Norton passes out during the midst of it. One of the people their claims to be a doctor and treats him. Back at the college, Dr.Bledsoe, expels the narrator from the school and gives him seven letter of recommendations for jobs in New York. So by force, he travels to Harlem, where even the letters of recommendation do not help him and his search for work. He finally decides to go see one of …show more content…
He first serves as an assistant to Lucius Brockway but, Lucius turns on him after suspecting him of union activities. They get in a fight and one of te tanks explodes and causes the narrator to be knocked out. He does wake up at the factory hospital with a temporary loss of speech and memory. The white doctors see this as an opportunity to test an electric shock theory which causes the narrator to regain his memory, so he leaves the hospital.

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