Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison Essay

1498 Words Jun 13th, 2016 null Page
The American Dream is defined as, “the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” America is generally perceived as mainly white, although as a country, our population is very diverse. People come from all around the world to chase after the glorified stories they here about America. The American Dream is what attracts other people from all around the globe and from many different cultures to our country. In “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the narrator tells the story about his life and how he is invisible to others, especially white people. He explains how in many ways he goes unnoticed and is sometimes treated as if he cannot be seen. On page 258, he says, “I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” Ralph Ellison does not seem to be a strong believer in the concept of the American dream for African Americans, due to being treated as if they’re invisible or less human than their white counterparts.
The concept of the American Dream, for the most part, is very broad. Simply put, you work hard and you can have anything in life you set your mind to. For whites, this is undoubtedly the case. I know this through experience and from witnessing others achieve it. For blacks, it is not as easy to explain. Especially when at one point in time, they weren’t even considered humans and slavery was a common practice in America. To think that even after…

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