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This paper discusses how the invisibility presented in Ralph Ellison's novel "Invisible Man" should not be associated with the negative suppression of cultures or identity but rather represents a challenge that lack of identity breeds: An intense desire to be recognized. It also looks at how Ellison uses ethnicity as a mode of redemption giving man a sense of belonging when threatened with obscurity.
From the Paper:"Ellison was definitely not a traitor to his own culture and community. But he felt there was a better and healthier way to deal with the issue of identity crisis that had emerged from emancipation and black man's new life as a free citizen of America. This issue is skillfully tackled in the Invisible Man where the author regularly makes use of various culturally-unique music forms such as jazz and blues to highlight the difference between relinquishing one's genuine ethnicity and creating a new one in a foreign climate. The author felt that African-Americans experience in the United States was unique and had helped them discover things that they had previously not known such as forms of music that were exclusive to black community."
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"Invisible Man" (2006, August 24) Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/invisible-man-68527/
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