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In the novel The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison written in 1952 a young black mans struggle to find an identity in a harsh and very manipulative society is exemplified The narrators experience and struggles are often expressed through the memory of his grandfathers words the people he has come in contact with and the places ha has been During the course of his life he has learned many valuable lessons both about society and himself This is demonstrated by elements of the plot characters setting and the underlying theme and the application of foreshadowing The moral message of the novel is as follows You can never judge a book by its cover because the narrator thought the brotherhood was all together as one but in reality they were just using him for what he had to offer being a good public speaker The story begins with the narrator recounting his memories of his grandfather The most remarkable and eventually the most haunting of these is his memory of his grandfathers last words in which he claims to have been a traitor to his own people and urges his son to overcome em with yeses undermine em with grins agree em to death and destruction let em swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open These words remain imprinted in the narrators mind throughout the book although he never fully understands their meaning His grandfathers words eventually serve as catalyst for his subsequent disillusionments the first of which occurs directly after he graduates from high school At this time the narrator is invited to give a speech at a gathering of the towns leading white citizens The speech he is planning to give expresses the view that humility is the essence of progress Subconsciously the words of his grandfather prevent him from truly believing the thesis of his own speech but he
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