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Blindness is a very interesting and important theme to Ellisons Invisible Man Oftentimes throughout the novel the Narrator is blinded and is unable to see the events which are happening to him The Narrator is a black man who thinks of himself as invisible to the rest of the world Many times the Narrator is given hints and clues on how to better himself but his own blindness prevents him from being a visible member of society His own blindness prevents him from being nothing more than a silhouette of a person to not only himself but the rest of the world as well The Narrator is first blinded when he is supposed to participate in the battle royal This battle is a contest where many Negro boys were blindfolded in a ring and were supposed to fight for the white men who were watching The Narrator is blindfolded and is supposed to fight But now I felt a sudden fit of blind terror I was unused to darkness It was as though I had suddenly found myself in a dark room filled with poisonous cottonmouths 21 The Narrator is blinded and he is very scared of what is going to happen to him Many times in situation the Narrator is given hints on how to survive and better himself and this is no different When he is fighting he notices that he is able to see the other fighters through his blindfold I finally discovered that I could see the black sweat-washed forms weaving in the smoky-blue atmosphere like drunken dancers weaving to the rapid drumlike thuds of blows 23 He uses this to his advantage for a while but ends up having to go one on one against the biggest boy Instead of taking full advantage of the situation and leaving the ring like the others he gets beaten up badly by the winner of the battle royal The Narrator then
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