Ralph Ellison's "The Invisible Man"
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This paper explains that Ralph Ellison's protagonist in his "The Invisible Man" is a young African-American male from the segregated South whose main goal is to overcome the invisibility of social responsibility in order to unite the black community. The author points out that many of the problems with which the narrator of "The Invisible Man" struggles still have not disappeared from the American culture. The paper relates that, while generally reviewing this book favorably, critics find it difficult to separate Ellison from the narrator because the book was written in the first person, making it somewhat confusing as to whether the narrator is feeling a particular way or if Ellison is feeling a certain way and projecting it onto the narrator.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Corry, John. (December, 1970). "Profile of an American Novelist, A White View of Ralph Ellison." Black World.
- Ellison, Ralph. (1952). "Invisible Man." New York: Random House
- Howe, Irving. (10 May, 1952). "Review of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man." The Nation.
- Kaiser, Ernest (December, 1970). "A critical look at Ellison's fiction and at social and literary criticism by and about the author." Black World.
- Shinn, Christopher A. (22 June, 2002). "Masquerade, magic, and carnival in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man." African American Review.
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