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Essay | Ralph Ellison's Vision in Invisible Man

This student essay consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis of Ralph Ellison's Vision in Invisible Man.
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Ralph Ellison's Vision in Invisible Man

Summary: Ralph Ellison's book Invisible Man uses the concept of vision not only as references to blindness and other symbols, but also as references to how we view ourselves, each other, and our pasts. Ellison presents a vision of black identity in the past, present, and future, in which only in the future is one's identity not limited by race or ethnicity. Through this vision, he emphasizes our need to find our own identities as individuals, and not to base those identities on group stereotypes and generalizations.
In Ellison's book Invisible Man, the concept of vision is a major motif. Throughout the book there are references to blindness and many other symbols. There are also the visions of the various organizations or groups that the main character meets who all "keep him running", so that until he discovers his invisibility he doesn't learn the truth about them. In the book, the vision of black stereotypes is used not only by whites, but it is also controlled by the blacks who perpetuate that stereotype. Vision also refers to how we view ourselves, each other, and our pasts. One's identity is how one is perceived by other people. Ellison's vision is that the past black identity was controlled by the whites, the present that black identity comes from black culture, and in the future one's identity will be from a mix of all...

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