The Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison Essay

1120 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
The Invisible Man Every day, racism is perceived as a negative aspect of society. When people think of racism, they obviously see hatred, evil, and ignorance. It has been a part of world culture since recorded history and, no doubt, before that. In the Invisible Man the narrator is victimized by racism, betrayal, and invisibility throughout the novel Ralph Ellison depicts the same struggle that many African Americans faced during the 1960s.The Invisible Man is the story of a young black man from the South who does not fully understand racism. Filled with hope about his future, he goes to college, but gets expelled for showing one of the white investors the reality and unpleasant side of black existence. He moves to Harlem and becomes an orator for the Brotherhood. In his position, he is both threatened and praised, swept up in a world he does not fully understand. As he works for the organization, he encounters many people and situations that slowly force him to face the truth about racism and his own lack of identity. As racial tensions in Harlem continue to build, he gets caught up in a riot that drives him to a manhole. In the darkness and solitude of the manhole, he begins to understand himself - his invisibility and his identity. He decides to write his story down and when he is finished, he vows to enter the world again.
Within the Invisible Man racism is a huge benefactor throughout the novel. Dr. Bledsoe contributes to this notion greatly.

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