The protagonist begins with ambitions to become the next Booker T. Washington (Ellison, p.18), to inspire and set an example to other African Americans to work hard and be patient for equality. From the beginning, the protagonist’s aspirations were the only thing that he gave his attention to. He ran his way through college aspiring to be someone who would encourage others, and answer questions, to be the one people go to for answers, although he himself was searching for answers in others (Ellison, p.15).
Later on the book, a mishap with a college sponsor had sent the protagonist running. Now, alone in New York and all of his faith in the hands of the same man who expelled him from college, he still remained with the same aspirations, not questioning any of his circumstances, nor searching for any answers within himself or others. Coming...
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...I (BA Dam Ras). We must not allow our goals to impede on the development of our individuality. We must not allow ourselves to become, as Ellison would say, invisible. Of course, our goals are what keeps us going, but we must not let that be our only motives. In a society in which happiness rates decline by each new generation, my only plea would be to for future generations to forget who are. We must not allow our tunnel vision to blind us from the endless pool of opportunities we have now. We must remember that, whether or not we believe we can do it, we are right (Henry Ford), and that the only thing which can truly stop us from being who we are and what we want, is us. Our ambitions must not be the only thing we live for, because ambition is blinding (Ellison, p.184) and I fear that once many of my generation escapes the blindness and ignorance it may be too late.
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