The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
Through the text the Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison was able to reveal societies values in America at the time it was published in 1952. With the African American population with the freedom from slavery still fresh on their minds Ellison explores the pressures that the Coloured people face to be hidden be hind a mask of lies and deception to impress the white trustees who were investing in the schools that were educating these young southern people, how the white American disillusioned the African American population to appear to be empowering them while they maintained ownership and power. Ellison also looks at how the African Americans were exploited still after they were freed from slavery. He has used the techniques of Point of View, dialogue, dramatic irony, setting and language to convey his and societies values and beliefs at the time.
Ellison has written the text in the first person to gain greater sympathy towards the main character, the narrator. By doing this he is able to give people a different perspective on the issues that he is raising. It also allowed him to write at a more personal level, as he himself is an African American letting him write on his personal experience and extrinsic influences that were bestowed upon him by the racial discrimination of him time. Ellison was born in 1914 about the times that there was a large amount of racially provoked violence towards the African American population especially in the south were 53% of the African American populous lives. “I spoke automatically and with such fervor that I did not realize that the men were still talking and laughing until my dry mouth, filling up with blood from the cut, almost strangled me.” This is after the Battle Royal that the narrator was forced into fighting in, for the entertainment of the rich white men, before they allowed him to read his speech to them. The speech he wanted to read was one that wrote for his graduation about how...
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