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Invisible Man Ralph Ellison, Reality vs Illusion

The Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man emphasizes on an African-American man's struggle in discovering his identity in society but spending a lifetime completely unnoticed by society. His constant destruction of himself puts the narrator in unwanted positions. While he has no true relation with any person who can envision him past there discrimination and stereotypes, the narrator is left broken in society. This purposeful theme of invisibility in the eyes of society begins with his belief on the perception of others. The society which he socializes in cannot accomplish perception on the narrator's life but instead exploit and use him for there own personally gain. The narrator is naive and gullible with people. The narrator concludes an opposite belief of the advice from this Grandfather who recently passed away. The narrator illustrates equality within the race of whites and blacks, but his grandfather indirectly warns him about others and whites especially. In addition his personally quest in life puts him in unstable situations where he is caught running from problems. Finally at the end of his quest he must stop and relates his journey to failure and the realization of invisibility with the society. Also his journey left him broken within his perceptive from the invisibility of society's perception.
This purposeful theme of invisibility in the eyes of society begins with his belief on the perception of others. “to repress not only his emotions but his humanity . . . [to be] invisible, a walking personification of the Negative, . . . the mechanical man!” (pg 94) The society which he socializes in cannot accomplish perception on the narrator's life but instead exploit and use him for there own personally gain. While he has no true relation with any person who can envision him past there discrimination and stereotypes, the narrator is left broken in society. The best relates to the Brotherhood when he was g…

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