Stereotypes In Invisible Man

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According to Ralph Ellison in the book Invisible Man, to be invisible means to be viewed by the people of society as a stereotype rather than an actual person. The narrator states, "they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination-indeed, everything except me" . Although the people of society have a physically real, living human being in front of them, they are still blind to the presence of that person. They are not literally blind but they project their pre-conceived notions and stereotypes of his identity onto him rather than bothering to find out his true
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