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Essay | Invisible Man- the first 1/4 of the Book

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Invisible Man- the first 1/4 of the Book

Summary: The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison; this essay is on the issues addressed by the author in the first 1/4 of the book, mainly the concepts of invisibility and identity.  
     The complexity of the issues in the Invisible Man is obvious even in the first several chapters.  Ralph Ellison uses, among other things, imagery, first-hand experiences, symbolism, and an ironic tone to address issues like the individual versus society's expectations (maintaining the status quo) and the blind quest for an identity.

     At the beginning of the book, Ellison defines invisibility.  The narrator, who remains unnamed (symbolic of his invisibility), is invisible because of how people in society react to him.  He both blames and strives to please white men; he blames them for not recognizing his individuality and he tries to please them in order to get them to recognize his existence.  The narrator uses the example of when he bumped into a white man on the street and attacked him because the...

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