Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison Essay
By Ralph Ellison
In the first section of the Invisible Man, readers first see Jack-the Bear’s current impression of himself as unseen in the world, completely unnoticed and able to live passively in a secluded basement in New York. Jack recounts memories of his past in which he did not yet understand that he was invisible. He is all the while haunted by his grandfather 's memory in which he tells his loved ones as he dies to win the war of race relations by killing the whites with kindness and playing to their system. The narrator explains what it was like to be used as entertainment in the battle royal, and how honored and excited he felt to have the opportunity to go to college. At the college, the narrator explains how he took Mr. Norman, a rich, white man and founder of the college, on a ride while servicing him that day, and in the process, accidently exposed the man to the slave quarters, Trueblood, and the Golden Day. Through these chapters readers see how desperate Jack-the-Bear was at this point to earn the favor of Mr. Norman and also how Mr.
Norman credits himself for and defines himself by the achievements of the blacks at the college.
Update on Characters/Setting
The first character readers meet is Jack-the-Bear. His initial attitude about himself is very content with the fact that he is “invisible” to the rest of the world. Jack doesn’t seem to mind that no one can see him at this point and has in fact been able to use…