Essay on `` Invisible Man `` By Ralph Ellison

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In today’s society, people pick themselves apart each and every day due to insecurities created by the world around them. Confidence use to be a trait that was common in most people, but today it’s a rare quality amongst the public. Characters across each one of these novels mentioned, display the consequences of having low self-esteem and or lacking inner tranquility. Society’s unfair expectations are displayed across different time periods and environments, showing how this wave of low confidence has been able to sweep across entire generations. In the four pieces of work Invisible Man, The Tao of Pooh, Malala, and Siddhartha, the authors all depict the struggles that follow with not being able to reach inner tranquility; depicting the mental and physical punishment that often sets in when one is not able to accept who they truly are on the inside. Before being secure, a person has to accept themselves for who they truly are; and what their history may or may not represent. In the non-fiction piece “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, “I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time been ashamed… They stayed in their place, worked hard, and brought up my father to do the same.”. Early in the Invisible Man’s story, he often noted the fact that he was ashamed of where he came from. He saw the history of African Americans, and was ashamed by the idea of how they endured life. He had the hopes of changing his…

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