Invisible Man, Invisible Reject

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Invisible Reject In Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, the black narrator struggles to achieve visibility and find identity in a white society. Ultimately, the narrator finds that the only way he can realize his identity is not by placing himself within white institutions but in fact reflecting on his perpetual rejection from them. At the start of the novel, he strived to win respect by being obedient and getting good grades in school in order to go to college. However, despite receiving a scholarship to attend college, he failed to break through the social constraints imposed upon him as a black man in a white-dominated society. Even upon receiving his scholarship, gifted black students were forced to participate in the Battle Royale, a spectacle of black de-humanization. After being expelled from college for an honest mistake, when he tries to find a job, he realizes that his headmaster had written him phony letters of recommendation encouraging employers to turn him away. Next, the narrator joins the Brotherhood, believing that within it he can find identity and a sense of purpose. Yet, once again, he cannot maintain his own identity. The Brotherhood has a hierarchal structure in which the committee makes decisions and those working for it have no say in the goals and actions of the organization. He finally realizes that he is invisible to those around him. The narrator was a successful student in school, and earned a scholarship to college. As a young man, he thought that his obedience to the white system of education was his doorway to purpose and identity. He was invited to deliver the speech in front of the white town leaders, which praised humility as the black man’s key to success. The ceremony turned out to be a racist spectacle in which the successful black students are entertainment for the drunken leaders. They engaged in an event called the Battle Royale,
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