The Invisible Man

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The Invisible man essay In The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison uses many symbols to represent the pain and the suffering of African Americans in the 20th century. The Sambo Doll is one of the many reappearing symbols that portrays black suffrage in the United States. The Doll is depicted as a black man with large lips and a wide nose which has strings attached to its head taking the form of a puppet. This puppet illustrates how black people were being treated at the time. African Americas are described as to having no power and are seen as invisible to Society, because they are being controlled by the superior race. The narrator in the Invisible Man stumbles upon many incidents involving the Doll from his first encounter with the Sambo salt shaker to when he see's Clinton selling the dolls out to the public. The narrator seemed as if he was the only one that felt insulted by the Doll because he understood its meaning and what it represented though black people. He realizes that like everyone else he is invisible and that he is irrelevant to the world because he is black despite the fact that he tries to be seen and heard. The Sambo Doll displays the significance of racism, invisibility and social class in the United States in the 20th century. The doll has a quality that expresses a demeaning attitude towards African Americans, and its visual qualities help that fact. The doll has become a common symbol that does not recognize blacks in context but it is widespread enough to end up in the hands of the people that are being portrayed. African Americans are put into one category by the Sambo Doll which refers to The American stereotype of “Sambo” that dates back to the time of slavery, denoting a docile but irresponsible, loyal but lazy slave.(cite)This identity is one of negativity and does not help the identity of African Americans in society. Their identity
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