Invisible Man Ralph Ellison Analysis

Ralph Ellison promotes the actions of the tyrannical society through the use of violent or insulting events— the battle royal, the kicking out of the college for Negroes, the assault at Liberty Paints, Rallies during the Dark Brotherhood era, and the riots in Harlem— Ellison creates a dark atmosphere for the white community in the novel. This follows with the Invisible Man 's discovering himself in Identity and nature as he views his role in society versus the roles of the whites, focusing on the Invisible Man to understand and choose his path in the society rather than being another face in the crowd. The atmosphere of the white society is tossed around as a dark minical society as the reader lives through the life of the narrator and his …show more content…
He starts off his story, disregarding of his existence toward society after his grandfather passed away, his grandfather left him with a message to carry on “Son, after I’m gone I want you to keep up a good fight. I’ve never told you, but our life is a war and I have been a traitor all my born days” (16) His grandfather introduced a world of hatred toward the black society, setting a tone for the Invisible Man to take as a challenge against his story. The Invisible man urges to prove him wrong as he felt he could change or break through this discrimination. Following the grandfather’s pass the Invisible Man would be approaching the high elites of his town. He would try to represent himself as a person to stand out only to be awkwardly entered into and thwarted through with bias remarks. Throughout this arc of the novel, we approach a huge shift of racism that represents the grandfather’s quote mention earlier. The Reader 's view a hierarchy, where the whites use the black as a tool of entertainment and such. This segment also incorporates the dead values of society as the narrator was promised a speech, but the speech was blurred out till the end, having to give his speech in the wounds of himself, leaving himself to fall below the white superiority, as Irving Howe, Jewish American literary and social critic, explains it “"Practical jokes," humiliations, terrors--and then the boy delivers a prepared speech of gratitude to his white benefactors” (Howe) Showing the domination the whites have over the

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