"The invisible man" by Ralph Ellison.

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Racism in an imperfect culture reveals the intensity that drives the novel Invisible

Man, written by Ralph Ellison. From the harsh words of his fellow peers, the voice of the

'invisible man' comes out. The narrator remains a voice and never emerges as an external

and quantifiable presence. This obscurity emphasizes his status as an "invisible man."

He always tries to be someone he is not or copy the correct identity of a person. Ralph

Ellison exposes the protagonist's arrogance in the beginning of the novel, his sarcasm in

the middle, and his acceptance in the end to create the negative overpowering voice of the

protagonist. It is this lost and battered voice that Ralph Ellison ensnares to use to prove

that continuous negativity creates a dangerous conscience of invisibility.

Before the narrator joins the brotherhood, he is extremely innocent and

inexperienced. His head is held high as he arrogantly starts off on the wrong foot.

He is

respectable to authority and his misunderstandings cause him to suffer. After the "battle

Royal" the protagonist accepts his scholarship from the horrid people who treat him as an

amusement. "'To Whom It May Concern: . . . Keep This Nigger-Boy Running.'(33)" This

is the message that he hears in his dream after the horrible night of humiliation. The

protagonist then still continues to try everything to succeed. His grandfather shows his

invisibility that his grandson has when stating, ""The white folk tell everybody what to

think -- except men like me. I tell them (143) " Here the grandfather is another character

who tries to change to protagonist with his arrogance. Instead of doing any good, he

continues to want to be accepted. Ellison portrays here that copying others can make

nothing but a lost sense of development.

The narrator has...