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Who the hell am I Ellison 386 This question puzzled the invisible man the unidentified anonymous narrator of Ralph Ellisons acclaimed novel Invisible Man Throughout the story the narrator embarks on a mental and physical journey to seek what the narrator believes is true identity a belief quite mistaken for he although unaware of it had already been inhabited by true identities all along Ellison in Invisible Man uses the main characters invisibility and conflict with the outside world to illustrate the confusion of identity that many people experience The narrators life is filled with constant eruptions of mental traumas The biggest psychological burden he has is his identity or rather his misidentity He feels a wearing on the nerves Ellison 3 for people to see him as what they like to believe he is and not see him as what he really is Throughout his life he takes on several different identities and none he thinks adequately represents his true self until his final one as an invisible man The narrator thinks the many identities he possesses do not reflect him but he fails to recognize that identity is simply a mirror that reflects the surroundings and the person who looks into it It is only in this reflection of the immediate surrounding that the viewers can relate to the narrators identity The viewers see only the part of the narrator that is apparently connected to the viewers own world The part obscured is unknown and therefore insignificant Lucius Brockway an old operator of the paint factory saw the narrator only as an existence threatening his job despite that the narrator is sent there to merely assist him Brockway repeatedly questions the narrator of his purpose there and his mechanical credentials but never even bother to inquire his name Because to the old fellow who the narrator is as a person is uninterested What he is as an object and what
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