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The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison by far was a great novel to show the impact that white America had on black America Ralph Ellison explored the depths of racism and discrimination experienced by a black person from the1920s through the 1940s Before the novel begins you notice the character as he is at the end of it all For it seems the character gives up because he realizes hes invisible in the eyes of others Many of the ideas in the novel that were express give hint that the story is about the authorBeginning with the prologue you notice that the opening sentence states I am an invisible man 3 prol1 which is referring the reader to the title It becomes clear that the title refers to the narrator and the narrator has no misinterpretations about his status When he states there are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers 5 prol The sleepwalkers that the author refers to are societys people who ignore blacks and make invisible man invisible By waking them is to be noticed and which he insinuates is to be punished Chapter One begins when he was a child standing at his grandfathers deathbed Only moments before he passes away the grandfather tells Invisible Mans father after Im gone I want you to keep up the good fight I never told you but our life is a war and I have been a traitor all my born days a spy in the enemys country ever since I give up my gun back in the Reconstruction Live with your head in the lions mouth I want you to overcomeem with yeses undermineem with grins agreeem to death and destruction letem swoller you till they vomit or bust wide openLearn it to the younguns 16 ch 1 These final words by Invisible Mans grandfather bother Invisible Man throughout his life As a young boy he is told to forget the
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