Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: An Analysis of Power

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`Invisible Manwas published in the year 1952. Ralph Ellison originally planned to write a war novel but instead wroteInvisible Man in five years, following a very epic and honorable discharge from the United States Merchant Marines in 1945. His career as a writer began withessays or short stories that would complete a book review on a publication edited by Wright, Ellison. His most recognized short stories were “Flying Home” and “King of the Bingo Game,” these settled the theme ofInvisible Man, been that “Flying Home” was set during World War II and was about a “black pilot whose obsessive desire to rid himself of stereotypes causes him to become contemptuous of his own race.” In the same manner “King of the Bingo Game” also contributed ideas to the novel as the protagonist in this short story was anonymous (O’Meally 110).Invisible Man“received the National Book Award for fiction in 1953 and is now regarded as one of the most distinguished American novels of the century” (O’Meally 110).` `White people were educated and had good positions in their jobs. Therefore, they were powerful characters in society. “During the 1930s, a decade of intellectual radicalization and the creation of a new kind of social consciousness among people who lived by this new pride of mind. Mind became the instrument of great moral and social responsibility---responsibility for those less economically privileged than oneself but also for those less intellectually advantaged” (Kaplan 114).In the book, the narrator talks about the North’s Founders’ Day in spring and how the millionaires would come down “smiling, inspecting, encouraging, conversing in whispers, speechmaking into the wide-open ears of our black and yellow faces—and each leaving a sizeable check as he departed.” Consequently, the narrator shows fear of a white fellow when heexperiences a very unusual incident while working as a chauffeur when Mr. Norton, “a bearer of the white man’s burden” and “a symbol of the Great...
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