While Ellison’s short stories show brief moments of friendship, there are two young boys, Buster and Riley, who truly ...
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... his characters. Even though each novel covers a different area in one perception, all three stay focused on the idea of one’s identity. For example, Invisible Man focuses on exposing the mistreatment of African-Americans that was occurring even after the civil rights act was approved, while Juneteenth was mainly focused on what occurs to a person when living in a corrupted society. Furthermore, Ellison uses figurative language to demonstrate how hardships defined African-Americans during his time period, as well as how an unstructured life creates hopelessness and a lack of identity. It is through Flying Home and Other Stories that Ellison explores the pleasant side of humanity and escapes the societal constraints that caused one’s limitations. His stories reflect his own personal experiences together with twentieth century society to enhance the reader’s experience.
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