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Analysing Invisible Man Essay

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Analysing Invisible Man After studying this book I wondered what it would be like to be blind then acquire sight, but realize you cannot see yourself since you're invisible. It appears to be a cruel joke that once it's possible to see you realize that you cannot see who you're. Even though this seems like a very depressing event Ellison makes it seem like a positive thing. While, in the end of the story, the narrator still does not understand his place in the world he seems to be glad he's no more blindfolded. He even questions that the reader's capacity to view, "Who knows but that, on some lower frequencies, I speak for you?" What Ellison does well is the evolution of the narrator's blindness. The blindness motif seems to show up at the battle royal. The blindfold interrupts the narrator. He was not used to darkness, and it put him in a "blind terror." This is the first time the narrator admits his blindness, but at exactly the same time he shows the blindness of many others. Each one of the men in the battle royal are blindfolded. Is this symbolic of the African-American's plight in society? The whites have blindfolded them and they don't have any idea who they are fighting against. So they end up beating each other instead of the actual people they ought to be fighting. I believe Ellison goes much deeper than race relations in this particular scene. I believe he's revealing the plight of the person in society. I think Ellison is saying that we struggle kindly among ourselves, and it isn't till we remove the blindfolds which we may band together and fight the actual enemy. After the narrator finally is allowed to remove his blindfold he's so obsessed with that which he believes he's there for that he may not really concentrate on his struggle with Tatlock. Again Ellison is commenting on the plight of the individual. The narrator can be blind to Dr. Bledsoe's true character. It's not until later in the story he realizes that Bledsoe wears different masks in front of various people. The narrator cannot be completely held at fault here because others are also fooled by Bledsoe. Bledsoe also dupes Barbee. Ellison then lets the reader know that Barbee is physically blind. Why is that fact important? I believe that Ellison is saying that anyone who buys into Bledsoe or Bledsoe's manner of thinking is also blind. There is a point in Barbee's speech in which he's "turning toward Dr. B.. .

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