Blindness And Invisibility In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

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The Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” uses the symbols blindness and invisibility in a new perspective. Throughout the entire book Ellison idea is to capture the essence of reality while relating back to the world to prove just how blind we can be. The narrator learns that all the obstacles that he has ever had to face in addition to the blind men he has come across will not be able to take his respect and his discipline to handle the world.

It’s as if each individual in the story is perfectly capable to see the world, but the social order has blinded them creating them to see an invisible world instead of what the actual world has to offer. Blindness and invisibility are often represented by symbols as well, this is represented
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As we tend to understand more of what we’ve heard from different perspectives as oppose to who we truly are as an individual. With the knowledge that the invisible man already has, he still

attempts to find his true identity in a world full of people such as the characters Emerson, Norton, or Jack from the brotherhood, trying to tell him who he is. He expressed this feeling by mentioning that all men seemed to be the same, each attempting to force their reality upon him. He knew that he was simply a material to be used.

The narrator as paint manufacturing plant known as Liberty Plants. This name represents the racism between the North and the South that existed around that time. This store even symbolizes blindness and invisibility through the simple use of “color”. The companies major color is optic white which is supposed to be a color of high quality. America is blinded by the simple fact that optic white is just a color. However, they create this invisible idea that optic white is a high quality color that then compares the whites being of a higher quality than the
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