Ralph Ellison's Th Invisible Man

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It began with the cries for help, and the struggle for one last breath. They all stare as the man is captured and wrestled to the ground and beaten senselessly all because of the color of his skin. As the yells become louder and the torches are lit the man’s heart begins beating more vigorously. The thought of “will I live? Or shall I die?” comes into question. As they carry the man up on a platform and slide a looped rope around his neck the answer becomes quite clear. The rope then tightens and the man is pushed off of the platform. He is struggling; he begins to picture death as bliss. The last breath he takes he can only say two words “I’m sorry”. We often overlook those that are invisible to society; Ralph Ellison takes us on a real world journey where the average African American man is an unrecognized member of society. Will you stand for the invisible man?

It is my own personal belief that mankind is equal and we all at some point lack recognition for our existence in societies worldwide. First we will analyze what recognition is in a society and how to become acknowledged by those who are around us, secondly begin the fight of recognition but also looking within the irony of being an “invisible man” within the story. Next we will unveil the final light upon being invisible and truly see how to become visible in world that seems nearly impossible.

Recognition is defined by Webster’s dictionary as the acknowledgment of something as valid or as entitled to consideration. "Responsibility rests upon recognition and recognition is a form of agreement," simply gives us the internal conflict of the invisible man. In order to live his life responsibly, he must first be recognized to be living in the first place. He may have f...

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(4)“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” After all the invisible man is not so invisible to recognition at all. Even in the face of certain and for sure defeat.

Works Cited

1. Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. New York: Vintage International, 1995. Print

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4. Black Labor. Digital image. Voices Education Project. Web. 3 May 2010. .

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