Within the opening chapter, the Invisible Man is invited to a gathering of “all the town’s big shots [who] were there in their tuxedos, wolfing down the buffet foods, drinking beer and whiskey and smoking black cigars” to share with them his renowned graduation oration (Ellison 17). It was a chance for him to finally show the men who held power just who he was and what he was capable of, it was a chance for him to establish his identity. However, shortly after his arrival, the Invisible Man was informed that “since [he] was to be there anyway [he] might as well take part in the battle royal to be fought by some of [his] schoolmates as part of the entertainment” (Ellison 17). On a night he believed to be of the utmost importance and grandeur, a night where he could establish himself and discover his identity, he was simply being used for sickening entertainment. All of the students were blindfolded, placed into the ring like wild animals with no identity. “Blindfolded, [the Invisible Man] could no longer control [his] emoti...
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...ible Man to encounter them along his journey. Each illusion and lie the Invisible Man is faced with is vital to the development of his identity.
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