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Invisible Man Essay

  • Submitted by: crawfish
  • on March 22, 2008
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,190 words

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Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
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Ralph Ellison’s first book was Invisible Man. Although he has published other books, this by far was considered his work of art. Ellison was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 1, 1914. He considered the United States as “a land of infinite possibilities”.   Ellison attended Tuskegee Institute with the intention of pursuing music, until his interest turned to literature. Later he moved to New York City and eventually found the path that would lead him to becoming the author of the Invisible Man. Since 1970, apparently Ellison changed his name to Albert Schweitzer and   began as a Professor of Humanities at New York University.   (Wikipedia)

Invisible Man is a story of a young black man from the south with an unknown name. The unnamed man considers himself invisible because he is black, and he tries to move past his grandfather’s experiences. He lives his life in a basement room and hibernates there while contemplating his life. Prior to his basement home, the unnamed man experiences hostility from white people in many forms. It all began after giving a speech at a club where he was offered a college scholarship. Upon arriving at college, the unnamed man quickly finds a role model, Dr. Bledsoe, the college dean and also a well respected black man. The unnamed man causes a few problems in college due to racial issues, and upsets Dr. Bledsoe so much that he is expelled from the school. Bledsoe was kind enough to leave the unnamed man with a parting gift of some letters of recommendation destined for the school administration in New York.

With the hopes of returning to school, the unnamed man sets out for New York with the letters of recommendation. He soon realizes that the letters were really a hoax used to ensure that he left the school quietly and with some hope.   After realizing this, the unnamed man ends up getting a job in a paint factory. After some time there, he has an accident and is...

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