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The taboo of the white woman plays a major role in the literary as well as political history of the United States Ralph Ellison illustrates this by including several notable characters in Invisible Man that fulfill different stereotypes regarding the relationships between white women and young black men An example of one of these stereotypes would be the innocent white woman who is accused of being raped by the virile primitive sexually eminent black man Each of the white female characters is somewhat depicted as an actress playing the role of the Invisible mans victim For example the Sybil character is literally trying to create a fictional role-playing situation of the rapist and his victim The strippers role at the smoker was to be victimized from the get-go but the invisible man did not play an active part in contributing to the strippers unfortunate situation The white woman in Chapter 19 by pressuring the Invisible Man was subliminally creating a situation that would make it seem as if the he was taking advantage of her due to her marital status but it was the IM himself who ended up feeling alienated after the experience It is unclear as to what Emma sees in the Invisible man but the first implication is that she is attracted to him because of the virile sexually proficient black man image The purpose of using these characters in Ellisons literary setting is to address the stereotypes of how black men deal with situations with white women in different positions from a lowly entertainer to the wife of a high ranking Brotherhood official The Invisible Man acts quite differently when dealing with each of these situations in some he stands his ground in others he fulfills the stereotypes quite clearly The performance of the stripper in the smoker has a profound effect on the Invisible man He feels vulnerable after being alerted of his pending bout in the ring and he
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