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Invisible Man- The entertainer The Invisible Mans head is constantly within the jaws of the lions mouth In Ralph Ellisons novel Invisible Man a story of racial differences and confused individual identity the main character known as Invisible Man is living a scripted existence The Invisible Man is in many ways an actor or entertainer in the game of life Like a circus performer with his head in a lions mouth Invisible Man is acting for the crowd trying to please them the best that he can even if the situation could possibly be personally harmful or degrading His actions are treated as if they occur outside of reality like something in a movie or television program At the drop of a hat Invisible Man can change character and believe something completely opposite from what he thought several hours before Then weeks days or even minutes later he may return to the ideas that he originally followed Similar to a fictional performer he has no true self-identity Throughout his school ing and his adventures to survive in the North Invisible Man constantly finds himself on the stage On the stage or in the game of life Invisible Man feels that he is gaining power or social status but he usually ends up worse off and more confused than he was before Is the Invisible Man playing the game or is the game playing him One event in the Invisible Mans early years set the stage for his acting career After delivering a fine speech at his high school graduation Invisible Man is invited to present his speech in front of many important white members of the town at the Battle Royal Since Invisible Man is going to be at the event he is asked to participate in the battle Three events at the Battle Royal signify Invisible Mans role as an entertainer the fight itself the electric mat and the speech that he
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