Student’s Name Professor Course Date Invisible Man Introduction This is a novel authored by Ralph Ellison. Chapter 1 is divided into six main sections which highlight moral and emotional ambiguity. The first section is about the narrator’s grandfather’s deathbed which is the most integral part of the chapter. He tells us about his grandparents who believed that despite the segregation they were still equal to the whites. The grandfather led a quiet and meek life after he attained freedom. The narrator then takes us to the hotel and talks about his experience. The third section is about the narrator’s encounter with the erotic dance of the naked blonde. The fourth section is about the battle royal in which the narrator participates in a boxing match. He then delivers a speech in the fifth section of the chapter and is ridiculed in but given a briefcase that apparently is to keep running and being controlled by those whose real impact on his life is quite insignificant. Conclusion Chapter 1 of ‘Invisible Man’ by Ralph Ellison uses symbolism to pass a message to the reader on what transpires effectively. This chapter is divided into six sections with each section bearing a deeper meaning than just the outward meaning. There are different symbols seen in these sections some of which include slavery betrayal broken value system and racism. The narrator himself symbolizes and represents the millions of blacks across America and their dreams. The symbolism helps us understand the struggle that black people have to go through in the hands of the whites. Invisible Man is a novel of the black struggle and the white dominance. Works Cited Ellison Ralph. Invisible Man. UK: Penguine 2016. Print. Feidelson Charles. Symbolism and American literature (Vol 37). Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1953. Print. [...]
literary analysis of chapter 1. focus on a single element (I.E., irony, literal meaning, imagery, theme, and symbolism.) at least 1 academic source. do not use nonacademic websites or encyclopedias as sources.