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“I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible; understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” Invisible Man is the only novel written by Ralph Ellison, during his lifetime. Invisible Man addresses many of the social and intellectual issues faced by African-Americans, the relationship between black identities, as well as the issues of individuality and personal identity. The protagonist is invisible because everyone stereotypes him as an unreal person. He comes to embrace his state of invisibility in the end. He realizes there are a number of advantages that allows him to remain undetected and inconspicuous. Invisible Man is an important piece of literature. The protagonist appears to be a man who knows himself, or at least has considered deeply who he is and what he is trying to do. Like in Ellison’s novel, he emerges from the underground predicting a “socially responsible role to play.” Ellison’s novel ends with the promise of re-emergence, but we never learn how the invisible man’s new-found agency copes with public life.
The 'invisible man' is the unnamed narrator of Ralph Ellison's blistering, impassioned novel of black lives in 1940s America. Defeated and embittered by a country which treats him as non-being, he has retreated into an underground cell, where he smokes, drinks, listens to jazz and recounts his search for identity in white society: as an optimistic student in the Deep South, in the north with the black activist group the Brotherhood, and in the Harlem race riots. Powerfully told, angry and of...


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...e college student and ends with the young man realizing that his world has become that of "infinite possibilities."



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