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The Harsh Journey of Self-realization at Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

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Ralph Ellison's novel, Invisible Man, embodies many villains that the narrator (the main character) faces. Dr. Bledsoe and Brother Jack are just two of the villains that utilize and take advantage of this narrator. After every confrontation with his enemies, then the narrator matures and augments his character. Throughout his words, the reader could view the narrator's development in realizing that he is invisible simply because people refuse to see him. Dr. Bledsoe or "Old Bucket-head" as people called him "was the illustration of everything I expected to become..." explained the narrator. He had been a "pioneer of the people" owned two Cadilacs and had a "good-looking, creamy complexioned wife." After the narrator returns from driving Mr. Norton, Dr.Bledsoe immediately scolded the narrator for forcing Mr. Norton (a founder and trustee of the narrator's faculty) into the slave-quarter section. Though Mr. Norton told Dr. Bledsoe the narrator was not accountable for what had occurred, Dr. Bledsoe ordered the narrator to meet him later that afternoon. When the narrator met with Bledsoe again, he also saw Bledsoe's authentic character. Bledsoe was even more upset now that he'd discovered that the narrator also drove Mr. Norton into the Golden Day. The narrator attempted to explain the circumstances, but Bledsoe didn't buy the explanation. "Everybody knows that the only way to please a white man is to tell him a lie!" exclaimed Bledsoe. In an upset fury, Bledsoe then referred to as the narrator that a "nigger." Extremely offended and overwhelmed, the narrator explained, "It was as thought he'd struck me...He called me that..." The narrator t.. .

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