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"Invisible Man" and the Narrator
An analysis of the novel, "Invisible Man", by Ralph Ellison.
# 49369 | 1,233 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 04, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains how the story revolves around an "invisible man" who acts as the narrator for the story. His journey is one that begins with confusion resulting from the memory of his grandfather. On his deathbed, his grandfather revealed that the key to success lay with the ability to destroy the white man. This would be accomplished by publicly agreeing with him and, later, undermining him.

From the Paper:

"Throughout the story, the narrator is looking for guidance. Sadly, there are not many to help the narrator with his path, until he wins a scholarship to the state's Negro college, the invisible man becomes a chauffeur for Mr. Norton, a highly respected man about the campus. It becomes revealed that Norton had experienced hell on earth by participating in evil incestuous acts that he feels he is not responsible for because they occurred while he was sleeping. This information is all revealed after a minor accident that finds the narrator and Norton in the home of a black field-worker who recognized Norton as his grandfather, "I should know my own grandfather. He is Thomas Jefferson and I am his grandson" (60)."

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