Objects & Places from Shadow and Act

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This is the country where Ellison sees tensions between the concept and reality of democracy.

The Southern United States

This American region is where slavery was institutionalized and widely practiced.


This state is just north of Texas but did not have a history of slavery.


This is the term used to describe white performers impersonating Negroes by painting their faces with dark brown makeup.

The Red Badge of Courage, Black Boy, Primer for White Folks, Blues People, An American Dilemma

These are what Ellison reviews in his essays.

The Blues

This is a term used to describe a form of music unique to the Negro experience which Ellison called "the musicalization of pain."

The Transparent Jug

This is a metaphor Ellison uses to portray Negro culture.

The Camera Lens

This object is used by Ellison as a metaphoric representation of the way to have a...

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