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Blind Is as Invisible DoesA man dealing with his perceptions of himself based on the perceptions of the society around him in Ralph Ellisons Battle Royal Battle Royal an excerpt from Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man is far more than a commentary on the racial issues faced in society at that time It is an example of African-American literature that addresses not only the social impacts of racism but the psychological components as well The narrator IM is thrust from living according to the perceptions of who he believes himself to be to trying to survive in a realm where he isnt supposed to exist much less thrive The invisibility of a mass of people in a society fed the derivation of IMs accepted willed blindness The reader must determine the source of what makes IM invisible Is part of IMs invisibility due to his self-image or surrender to the dominant voice in the United States The answer lies in whether or not the blindness and the invisibility were voluntary or compulsory The relationship between IMs blindness and his invisibility are not due solely to the color of his skin There is a level of invisibility that does directly result from the prejudice of the white men The white community is unwilling to look beyond their stereotypes of the role and place of black men The school superintendent that had requested IMs appearance at the ballroom to give his speech was also the same man that brought the black men into the ballroom with the words Bring up the shines gentlemen Bring of the little shines 1527 A few days earlier IM had given a valedictorian speech that was a great success Everyone praised him and It was a triumph for his whole community 1526 In the environment of the smoker though he was just another shine nothing worth any notation of any kind However IM is blind
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