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As readers of The Invisible Man we can all see some part of ourselves reflected in Ellisons character Throughout the novel the Invisible man searches for his identity and for what he can believe in He goes through many steps and at each point in his journey he seems to be wearing a different mask Each mask carries with it a different persona and set of beliefs with it that all serve to shape the character These are masks that many of us have also put on at one time or another too Within the Invisible Man we can see ourselves Hopefully we can also learn from him and see the faults within him and maybe ourselves The Invisible Man starts out the book by illustrating his acceptance of societys lies when he was young All my life I had been looking for something and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was I accepted their answers too though they were often self-contradictory I was nave 15 Here the Invisible Man accepts the masks others have given to him of submissiveness and expected black behavior thus becoming the hopeful innocent boy at the beginning of the novel As Invisible Man recounts his degrading experience with the white town leaders he remembers that his lack of indignation was so great that he did not even mind scrambling for the faux gold pieces which were only brass coins That the Invisible Man appears to have little reaction to his debasing experience indicates how firmly others have placed his mask of passivity and tolerance of others actions Next the Invisible Man changes his mask to one of a hard worker This mask handed to Invisible Man by parents and teachers dictates that because the Invisible Man is black he should do whatever a white person tells him to do That Invisible Man has accepted this mask is indicated by
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