"The Invisible Man" Book Review by fifi

"The Invisible Man"
An analysis of the theme of perception versus reality in Ralph Ellison's "The Invisible Man".
# 93247 | 1,575 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Mar 14, 2007 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how throughout the story "The Invisible Man" (IM) by Ralph Ellison we see things only through the eyes of the main character, IM. His view of the world is rather typical for the time in which he lives. The paper discusses the role and significance of color, darkness, blindness and invisibility in the book and in the invisible man's journey to self realization and discovery. The people who impact the invisible man's life are detailed and their effect on his life is explained. In particular, it looks at how the primary theme running throughout the book and this paper is the invisible man's perception versus the reality of what he sees.

From the Paper:

"As a young man attending the college, IM's perception of life was a bit jaded, he believed Bledsoe to be the epitome of a black man succeeding in life. There is a twist to Bledsoe's position of perceived power; he attained whatever it is that he has through deceit and manipulating the white man's perception of the black man. Bledsoe showed the white trustees only what he thought was fit for them to see; he was very careful not to give the white man access to how the black man really lives. He was however, nothing more than a servant to all the white trustees as we see in the letters he sent on IM's behalf. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. Penguin Books, Ltd., 2001.

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