Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
He was born in Oklahoma City in 1914. He was interested in Jazz music and he effected from it and he used it in this novel. This book is one of the most important books written about the reality of racism and the problem of black identity in the United States. The title is significant for the story as it names the narrator and protagonist of the story. I never learn invisible man’s name but this is his show. The novel chronicles his path to realizing his invisibility. This novel is an existentialist novel. It is an African- American fiction. The narrator is an unnamed black man who writes the story as a memoir of his life. The narrator is first person omniscient that emphasizing his individual experience and his feelings. His invisibility is symbolic of the fact that the United States that structured as it is in its economic and social racism. It gives him no identity. The novel is his search for identity. The invisible man represents the position of the blacks in society. The novel begins in a small town of America in the 1930s, and then moves to nearby Negro College. After the invisible man’s untimely expulsion from the Negro College he relocated to Newyork city’s Harlem and lives first in a boarding room then in his own flat. At the end of the novel he lives in a manhole underground. The first and last chapters take place in the present and frame the past indicates that make up the body of the story. CHARACTERS
The major and protagonist of the novel is the invisible man. For the central part of the he was a young man, a college student and a member of communist group known as the Brotherhood. He was intelligent, deeply introspective and highly gifted with language. Brother Jack is the white and blindly loyal leader of the Brotherhood. It was a political organization that presses to defend the rights of the socially oppressed. Although he was compassionate, intelligent and kind. Then he claims to uphold the rights of the...
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