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The Search for Self-Awareness In Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man the narrators hopes and dreams alter every time he becomes a new self I believe that this book is written entirely on the basis of how he is searching for his own identity and in order to find it he has to have awareness of himself and of the world Everyone wears a mask and in someway is not true to themselves let alone to other people However human awareness allows you to see past their mask and phoniness In this book when the narrator recognizes how he has reached self-awareness he is finally able to understand his own identity and the environment around him The first type of awareness is when the narrator refuses to believe that white men are anything but superior human beings He has not yet experienced their exploitations or their cruelty He tends to worship and adore groups or individuals of high rankings For example in the battle royal he did not care to think of how humiliating it was and instead he thought of it as a title of honor to participate in such event He is overjoyed and does not even mind when he discovers that the gold pieces he had scrambled for were brass pocket tokens 32 Because he has never felt any type of racism in his life he does not understand that they were making an entertainment out of him He is partially blind by still worshiping the individuals in high positions even after witnessing their cruelty first hand This is the first stage where he got a glimpse of the real world out there Another example was where Dr Bledsoe becomes angry with the narrator for taking Mr Norton to Truebloods house The narrator cannot believe that he got in trouble for taking orders from a high ranking individual By being honest and truthful he gets expelled from his school and
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