Invisible Man Essay | Betrayal in Ellison's Invisible Man

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Betrayal in Ellison's Invisible Man

Summary: Ellison's Invisible Man: Betrayal of relationship necessitates the Invisible Man's mobility and movement because of his constant deference to others.
In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, the nameless narrator is betrayed by a handful of different characters--for this reason his life remains in a constant state of upheaval throughout the novel. Confusion and a lack of personal vision cause the "Invisible Man" to trust many characters whose designs for him are less than virtuous. Oftentimes these characters betray the Invisible Man, whose reactions to said betrayals form the greater part of the novel.  The narrator's deference to others' wishes and ideals impels his hapless existence. Essentially, betrayal of relationship necessitates the Invisible Man's mobility and movement because of his continual deference to others.

    At the beginning of the novel, the narrator foreshadows the remainder of the book in a dream sequence. He dreams of his dead grandfather who tells him to open a briefcase that he just received. (In the next paragraph...

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