"The Invisible Man"
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This paper examines the novel "The Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison, which chronicles the travels of its narrator, a young, nameless black man, as he moves through the hellish levels of American intolerance and cultural blindness. It analyzes how while searching for a context in which to know himself, he exists in a very peculiar state, a state of invisibility, a state that means that when other people look at him they see only his surroundings, or they see themselves, or figments of their imagination, but never really the invisible man. It looks at how the novel describes modern racial problems in the United States from a black point of view and how since its publication in 1952, few of the problems it chronicles have disappeared.
From the Paper:"As the book opens, the narrator is expelled from his Southern Negro college (which one assumes bears at least some resemblance to the Tuskegee Institute that Ellison himself attended) for inadvertently showing a white trustee the reality of black life in the south, including an incestuous farmer and a rural whorehouse. The college director chastises him: "Why, the dumbest black bastard in the cotton patch knows that the only way to please a white man is to tell him a lie! What kind of an education are you getting around here?? "
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