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Importance Of Medicine In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

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In Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, the doctor tells Mr. Norton and the narrator about how neither of them can see the real other. The doctor says to Mr. Norton, “To you he is a mark on the scorecard of your achievement, a thing and not a man; a child…” (pg 95). The doctor means that, generally, to white folks African Americans or those of another race are looked down upon and sometimes not even considered to be a real human; they are invisible. Successful white men, such as Mr. Norton, usually do not care about the African Americans they helped raise in some way, shape, or form; they only care about how it looks for their list of achievements. The doctor also says, “And you, for all your power, are not a man to him, but a God, a force—“ (pg
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