Invisible Man Study Guide

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Kevin Finkle 3/25/11 Invisible Man – Critical Response Paper The multitude of adventures that take place in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man most entirely represent the many ways in which the black man in America in that time could try and make a place for himself, and the ways that these ideas become disillusioned. The narrator in Invisible Man tries at all of these possibilities, and finding that none of them are successful, goes into ‘hibernation’ to wait until the world is ready for him. The first of these journeys that the narrator takes is through his education. Despite being an intelligent man, when he got a chance to speak before the leading members of his community, they instead wanted to see the blind, obedient, primal side of him, putting him into a boxing ring. At the end of the Battle Royale scene, he receives his briefcase, which becomes a symbol for the baggage he is carrying. He adds more and more to the briefcase as each of his attempts in the world fall short. As the narrator continues to college, we see more disillusionment at the path of education. The
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