Essay about The Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison

1552 Words Jan 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Ralph Ellison was a man with a love of individuality. He was a man of vision and a radical thinker. His novel, Invisible Man, rattled the confining prison bars of racism and prejudice. Through his narrator, the Invisible Man, Ellison guides the reader on a path of tribulations. His labyrinthine story shows readers the untold truths of racism, and the blindness caused by the corrupt power structure of society. The cryptic journey of the invisible man leads the readers, to a ubiquitous message, in which personal identity is everything. “Let man keep his many parts and you’ll have no tyrant states. America is woven of many strands; I would recognize them and let it so remain” (Ellison 577). In this homiletic epilogue, Ellison’s message is no longer marred by amorphous rambles and depictions, but rather a clear meaning in which personal identity is everything. Throughout the novel, the Invisible Man is constantly growing and molting. Time and time again he is reborn. These rebirths take him from that of a jejune man, blind to the truths of the real world, to that of a socially conscience man, aware of the injustices and racism surrounding him.
Throughout the novel, Invisible Man, Ellison expresses that racism is not an inherent characteristic but rather learned. Ellison’s stance on this power structure can be seen throughout the narrator’s first speech, where he uses the metaphor of “one-eyed men” walking down opposite sides of the street, to depict white society…

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