The importance of a name or lack thereof has never been exposed in such a prolific manner before The Invisible Man was published. Also, the diversity of the African-American male is showcased in this piece if literature in a way that is second to none.
It was always said that The Invisible Man is an unofficial hand book for the young African American male that has high hopes and aspirations of becoming successful in life. I still remember the day when my grand-mother passes this book down to me before she left for Philadelphia. That was June 11th, 1997. It wasn’t until August of 2005 while we were moving boxes from my old house into our new one when I stumbled upon an old looking book that caught my eye. Since that day, I have read the book 5 times and I use it as a reference to many of my real life problems.
What intrigued me the most about the book was the title; it really captured me for some odd reason. As I read further into the book, I started to understand the title more and more. The reader’s first impression of the title may be a Goose Bump story or a fiction story about ghosts and ghouls. Quite the contrary, the main character is visible as you and I but invisible at the same time. He is such a prominent figure in each and every one of his locations but camouflages himself even when he isn’t trying to. The fact that the title is The Invisible Man and the character doesn’t have a name helps each other in intriguing and entertaining the reader. It also forces the reader to read deeper and deeper into the story; I did not get bored with the book until the latter part but was quickly snapped back into a literary trance with the turn of a single page. The fact that the “Invisible Man” is as visible as me made me feel like I was in his shoes while reading the book. I actually commend Mr. Ellison for creating a timeless piece of literature with problems that are still relevant today.
I relate to the main character on almost all levels so that made...
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