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Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man is the epitome of oppression of the black race It is the story of an educated black man who has been oppressed and dominated by whites all of his life Within the covers of the book lie themes and episodes which support the idea that the white race is the supreme race However the main character the narrator demonstrates how complex simple and pure things really are The first episode selected regards Dr Bledsoe and his betrayal of the narrator Essentially the narrators idol Dr Bledsoe is the president of the college that the narrator attends A very trusting Invisible Man meets Dr Bledsoe early on It is during this first meeting that Dr Bledsoe exercises his truly hypocritical nature However this is not realized by the nave narrator until later on Dr Bledsoes monologue describes his assumption that a black man demonstrates to a white person only what the white person wants to see This assumption provides illumination and proof to the grandfathers saying 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 It demonstrates how the blacks believe that the only way to survive and do well with whites is to appease and patronize them The quote is further strengthened by Dr Bledsoes quote to the narrator Youre black and living in the South-did you forget how to lie This can be paralleled with the episode in Frederick Douglasss Narrative about how no matter what you thought what the truth really was or what really goes on when a slave is asked by a white person how the master treats them the best answer is to praise the master because you never know who you are speaking to Also I believe this can be paralleled to George Orwells 1984 1984 is
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