Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison Essay

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In the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, the main character, a decedent of a sharecropper, spends his life trying to find an identity for himself. He travel from the Deep South where racism is evident to the north where there is racism but with some freedom. Finding an identity for oneself requires communication, where there was a lack of communication throughout the novel. Coming from a family where individualism is rare, the invisible man faces an identity crisis as he sets out on his own; his blindness of recognizing the true intention of some people, and he fails to understand the importance of events. Invisible man’s identity crisis first began when he entered the “battle royal” where he accepted his scholarships from the white men, but the men thought he was there to fight instead receiving his scholarship. The men in the battle gave him an identity of being aggressive rather than innocence. Invisible man represents innocence, and his innocence does not help him find his own identity. The college where invisible man attends does not allow him to have his own identity, it is frowned upon. Instead, the identity is given to him by Mr. Bledsoe, the president of the college. Shaming a person’s identity is way of destroying them and not being able to find individualism, “when I was praised for my conduct I felt a guilt that in some way I was doing something that was really against the wishes of the white folks…that I should have been sulky and mean, and that that…

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