Prejudice And Racism Summary: The Invisible Man, By Ralph Ellison

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To clarify, the author is the speaker and the narrator. The names are used interchangeably. Prologue “I am a man of substance... possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” The contrast between tangibility and invisibility shows the speaker’s life in a racist world. Even if he possesses great thoughts, strength, and value, he is still nothing because of his black skin. Of course, even if he is an educated man or a skilled worker or whatever, he is still not appreciated by his talents, but by his appearance. (1) The fight and insults in the dark represent the hatred and mistrust between the blacks and the whites. In darkness, of course anyone will be scared when pumped into someone else and maybe say something insulting.…show more content…
The author addresses the problem in the black community and brings up an idea of blind eyes to see recognize the problem and imagine for a better future. People are blind to see the real problem or intentions of others. Thus, there are betrayal and mistrust. However, many Brothers criticize the speech to be incorrect or unsatisfactory. They are bitter because the author didn’t say what he was required to say. The author improvised the speech with his own ideas and talents, yet the Brotherhood considers it to be improper. The deviation from the Brotherhood’s intelligence or scientific approach is the main cause of the internal conflict. Perhaps, the author just wants to be free, saying whatever he feels to be right and careless about following a standard. “I could glimpse the possibility of being more than a member of a race.” (308) The author has devoted himself to the betterment of his people, either by going to college/ accepting the white way of life or speaking in front of other people. But now, he wants to doing something more than his traditional goal. He simply tries to find his identity and

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