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Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man depicts a realistic society where white people act as if black people are less than human Ellison uses papers and letters to show the narrators poor position in this society Many papers seem to show good fortune for the narrator but only provide false dreams The narrators prize of a brief case containing his scholarship first illustrates this falsehood take this prize and keep it well Consider it a badge of office Prize it Keep developing as you are and some day it will be filled with important papers that will help shape the destiny of your people 32 The narrator is filled with joy from receiving his scholarship and brief case but subconsciously knows of the shallowness of the superintendents heart felt speech Ellison shows this subconscious knowledge through the narrators dream of receiving a letter of deep and truthful meaning And I did and in it I found an engraved document containing a short message in letters of gold To Whom It May Concern I intoned Keep This Nigger-Boy Running 33 Even though it is just a dream the white people actually do want to keep the narrator and his race running after false dreams Another example of the bad associated with papers is when the brotherhood gives the narrator an envelope containing a new name on a piece of paper replacing his identity This is your new identity Brother Jack said Open it Inside I found a name written on a slip of paperThat is your new name Brother Jack said Start thinking of yourself by that name from this moment Get it down so that if you are called in the middle of the night you will respond Very soon you shall be known by it all over the country You are to answer to no other understand 302 The fact that the narrator has been given a new identity and is not sure which
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