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I agree with Irving Howe that the Invisible Man is a novel based on the journey and experiences of an unnamed Negro man during contemporary America and he is in search of success companionship and himself Howe says that The beginning is a nightmare because it begins with a black timid boy who is awarded a scholarship and sent to the South and invited to a ballroom with other black boys and they observe and are frightened by a woman dancing nude The boys who are blindfolded create a battle royal or a raucous but after the chaos the black boy give a thank you speech Although the beginning of the novel is a bit frightening the rest of however is pretty straight forward it basically just tells the life story of this unnamed hero the Negro boy who is the Invisible Man The hero goes to his Southern college but is expelled so is forced to leave for New York where he works in a factory and becomes a soap boxer Next Howe comments on Ellisons style by calling him gifted but not a finished craftsman Howe means that Ellison tries to overwhelm the reader when instead he should be either persuading or telling the story The novel is written in first person singular and therefore Howe mentions that it is hard to distinguish between the hero and himself the matured I telling the story and the I who is the victim The middle section of the novel concerns the Harlem Stalinists Communists to Howe it appears untrue due to the fact that Ellison wrote with bitterness and made the Stalinists seem stupid vicious and cynical He was not surprised either by the Invisible Mans final discovery that after he quit the Communist Party my world has become one of infinite possibilities because he did not want to be rejected nor not seen by various social groups In my opinion I agree
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