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Who the hell am I Ellison 386 This question puzzled the invisible man the unidentified anonymous narrator of Ralph Ellisons acclaimed novel Invisible Man Throughout the story the narrator embarks on a mental and physical journey to seek what the narrator believes is true identity a belief quite mistaken for he although unaware of it had already been inhabiting true identities all along The narrators life is filled with constant eruptions of mental traumas The biggest psychological burden he has is his identity or rather his misidentity He feels wearing on the nerves Ellison 3 for people to see him as what they like to believe he is and not see him as what he really is Throughout his life he takes on several different identities and none he thinks adequately represents his true self until his final one as The narrator thinks the many identities he possesses does not reflect himself but he fails to recognize that identity is simply a mirror that reflects the surrounding and the person who looks into it It is only in this reflection of the immediate surrounding can the viewers relate the narrators identity to The viewers see only the part of the narrator that is apparently connected to the viewers own world The part obscured is unknown and therefore insignificant Lucius Brockway an old operator of the paint factory saw the narrator only as an existence threatening his job despite that the narrator is sent there to merely assist him Brockway repeatedly question the narrator of his purpose there and his mechanical credentials but never even bother to inquire his name Because to the old fellow who the narrator is as a person is uninterested What he is as an object and what that objects relationship is to Lucius Brockways engine room is important The narrators identity is derived from this relationship and this relationship suggests to Brockway that his identity is a threat However the viewer
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