Character Analysis: The Invisible Man

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In the novel, the Invisible Man is constantly trying to find his identity, but in order for him to do that he has to go through some terrible experiences. From the gruesome battle royal to the riots in Harlem, society pushes down the Invisible Man. In the novel, the Invisible Man is constantly trying to find his identity, but in order for him to do that he has to go through some terrible experiences. He was in the south where he was horrifically discriminated and later kicked out for trying to do what was best. he then goes north where he joins the brotherhood. Once again, he finds himself surrounded by people that just want to use him and throw him out when they are done with him. The Invisible Man’s journey to find freedom from the whites’ superiority is illustrated through his four different changes: geographic, social, historical, and philosophical.
Geographically, the Invisible Man moves from the south to the north, but not just that. He changes and moves in the way he thinks. A way this is shown is when he goes into that diner to get some breakfast. The man asks if he wants the special which is a very southern meal, stereotyping the IM. The Invisible Man conforms to the north society and decides to have toast and coffee. This shows how he changed from being the typical black southerner to a common white person. Even though he changes in a negative way he does end up changing back to his old ways and heritage. “Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a
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The IM moved from the racist south to the north, from trying to conform to white society, and from the whites seeing for him to him seeing for himself. Without these changes the author could not show how the Invisible Man goes from having no identity, to fulfilling his life with what he believes in, which is fighting for freedom from white

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