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Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man opens with a prologue describing the main character in time after the begining of the body of the book In the prologue Ellison tells of the main characters invisibility It is not a physical invisiblity but rther he is not recognised and therefore persieved by the world at large This is coupled with the fact that he is constantly trying to be someone else other than himself creates for his a complete loss of identity and he becomes a man without a soul The story begins with the main character being forced to partisipate in an archaic and animalistic free-for-all in order for him to be allowed to give his speach that will determine wheather he will be accepted to the college He is accepted and goes through two of his years at the college uneventfully He is ejected from the school during his junior year when the trustee who ws in his care while visiting the school fell ill and is taken to a local bar to get some alchohol He is given seven letter of what he suposes to be recomendation to give to people in New York He moves to Harlem and delivers the letters He finds out that these letters were not recomenation but rather advisments against hiring him The seventh reciever of a letter gives him a job in a paint factory He does not derform well there and evetually causes he own dismissal by ignoring hes work and getting knoked out by an explosion that is his fault He joins a black power group called The Brotherhood and is sent out to spread the word of the group He meets a man named Clfton his first real freind and clifon is shot by a police officer He speaks at Cliftons funeral and the Brotherhood
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