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Essay on Race in Invisible Man and Black Boy

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The Question of Race in Invisible Man and Dark Boy at the early twentieth century black American authors began employing modernist ways of argumentation to think of possible responses to the race question. Two of their most outstanding amounts of them on the two, both the literary and the political level, were Richard Wright, the "most important voice in black literature to the first half of the twentieth century" (Norton, 548) along with his contemporary Ralph Ellison, "one of the most footnoted writers in American literary history" (Norton, 700). In this paper I need to compare Wright's autobiography "Black Boy" with Ellison's book "Invisible Man" and, in doing this, assess the effectiveness of their conclusions. Both books have many striking parallels. Each tells the story of a young and smart picaresque character who goes through a painful odyssey of both racism and bias during which he intellectually matures. Disappointed by institutions like church, family and political parties, largely because they try to deprive them of their individuality by instrumentalizing and categorizing them both protagonists grow more and more secure. In the summit of their cynicism they eventually reject the American culture as a whole. They now have just two logically consistent ways out of the dilemma: Flight or fight. Ellison's protagonist chooses to choose the initial way. He believes that he can finally see how society really works and he finds that in it he plays the role of an "invisible man". His invisibility is a result of the fact that the other men and women are blind for the characteristics that distinguish him as a single human being instead apply to him the very same stereotypes that they associate with A.. .

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