Hidden Truths Behind Trueblood, Bledsoe, And Chthonian Essay
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In his vision to achieve the “American Dream,” the black man is blinded by his hope for a life filled with freedom and happiness. He is blinded by the ideas forced upon his mind by the white man, as argued in Pinsker’s article “Teenagers Are Losing Confidence in the American Dream,” Wright’s “12 Million Black Voices,” and Washington’s “Atlanta Exposition Address.” In the “Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison, Ellison portrays a new light on blacks and reality. He signifies ideas and themes in order to show how the black man is being oppressed by power and money. In the “Invisible Man,” Ellison uses unusual names to symbolize blindness from reality and moral hypocrisy to argue that the black man does not live in freedom, rather he lives in a reality where the white man oppresses the black man’s mind with an invisible thread.
Trueblood, the black man who sleeps with his wife and daughter, has an ironic name. His blood is not “true” anymore because it has been contaminated by a sin. However, his story dreaming while committing the sin with his sleeping daughter could mean he speaks the truth. Trueblood says to himself, “You ain’t guilty” (Ellison 63). The state he is in is unreal, revealing how he is oblivious to reality. He can’t admit that he sinned, because he did not realize that he was sinning at the time. This leads to the control of the white man. Trueblood says, “I done the worse thing a man could even do in his…