Ralph Ellison's "The Invisible Man"
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The paper analyzes the book "The Invisible Man" and its author, Ralph Ellison. The paper describes the book as richly symbolic and deeply personal, and examines how "Invisible Man" fuses literary genres and styles. The writer explores how the novel is quintessentially American in its promotion of individualism and its critique of large-scale social and political movements. Moreover, the writer proposes that the themes in "Invisible Man" are unique to American culture: race relations in post-slavery, pre-civil rights United States. The paper further discusses how Ellison wrote several years before the Civil Rights movement took place and the author lived at the cutting edge of Black political empowerment. "Invisible Man" suggests awareness of the often conflicting ideals of African-Americans.
From the Paper:"Ralph Waldo Ellison, named after the premier transcendentalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, cultivated his interest in literature alongside other passions including most of all jazz music. Jazz appears frequently in Invisible Man, as a salvific force and as a emblem of African-American culture and creativity. Like the narrator in Invisible Man, Ellison explored many avenues for self-expression, only one of which was writing. He played the trumpet well, and befriended many prominent jazz musicians throughout his life. Like the narrator of the book, Ellison moved to Harlem during its heyday in the 1930s and was promptly surrounded by jazz music and other keynotes of African-American culture."
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