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Invisible ManRalph Ellison

A. "Invisible Man" is about a black man and his struggles until he eventually becomes'invisible' to society
1. Youth-given a chance for an education
2. New York- finding a job and joining the Brotherhood
a. never describes himself
b. well educated, tries to become white
2. Mr. Norten- rich man, says Ellison is his'destiny'
3. Dr. Bedlose- head of the University, kicks Ellsion out
4. The Brothers- Brother Clifton
C. Major issues in the book are the ways that Ellsion's character
oppresses himself rather than other people doing to for him
II. Novel is a primary example of the hesitance of the blacks to feel confident in American society
A. Author wrote book to confuse me- had to read pages many times-
didn't describe people or places, just things- didn't read in to he nuances
B. Book will help me when we start to study the Black movement because
it shows where the begingings started
C. Ellison's Character "speaks" while being invisible, pg 576-581
III. Had and impact on the way I look at my place in society
A. Think of it not like a "black novel" but as one big analogy
B. Every one is an'invisible man' in one way
In Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison's narrator recalls to us how he became'invisible' to the world. Since the name of the narrator is never known I wlll refer to him as Brother X. The novel opens with Brother X describing what it is like to be invisible: "I am an invisible man.No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edger Allen Poe…I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids00and I might even go said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me..That invisibility of …


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