Invisible Man Tone Essay

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Tone Essay In the novel "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison, the author portrays distinguishable tones throughout the book with several literary devices. The main devices that Ellison most commonly utilizes are diction, imagery, details, language, and overall sentence structure or syntax. In the novel the main character or invisible man undergoes a series of dramatic events that affect the author's tone and the main character's overall outlook on his life and society. The author interweaves the devices mentioned to set a tone for the reader and purposely create a sense of feeling and emotion that the main character is experiencing at the time.
The novel is introduced with a prologue where the author acquaints us with the
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Invisible man relies on the recommendation letters given to him by Bledsoe to find decent work. When invisible man does not receive any callbacks on his letters, his thoughts scatter into flowing elongated sentences. When he comes into contact with Emerson's assistant he discovers that the letters were faulty and advised employers against him. His internal reaction is apparent through the language used in his thoughts. The light of a new setting gives off a hopeful tone but the structure of the main character's thoughts set his character tone into pessimistic depression. Along with the new setting of Harlem that the main character is introduced to, there is a change of language and diction. Now in the north, there is a different type of slang used than in the south. It has more of an urban feel to it and contains greater properness. This diction change lets the reader know that it is the jazz era. Invisible man runs into a man on the street and the unknown man's language gives a musical tone. "Wait a minute, daddy. Now don't get mad." (pg. 170) In this section the main character begins to work for an optic white paint factory. The dialogue in this section shows the different viewpoints of the main character and the other characters. When the invisible man uses the wrong paint graduate his character tone takes that of

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