Symbolism In The Invisible Man

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Symbols of Enslavement and Freedom To get rid of blindness, the Invisible Man stepwise but certainly begins to appreciate that initially he has to accept and confess who he is and which race he belongs to, his ancestors and all the issues happening from this. Yet, he does not always achieve to overcome the problems and insults reasoned by his origins, also owing to many assaulting symbols and ideas which still continue to exist in society although the central character lives in an age more than eighty-five years after the end of slavery. However, the Invisible Man must find himself, his honor and his self-regard, in order to find the way to his ancestry and his race.

Not only does he constantly come across prejudiced and narrow-minded people but he also gets in contact with images and symbols that mock and insult him as well as dispraise his race in general. There is no doubt, coin bank is one of these symbols, that, first of all obscure to him, is located in the corner of the Invisible Man’s rented room—“the cast-iron figure of a very black, red lipped and wide-mouthed Negro, whose white eyes stared up at [him] from the floor, his face an enormous grin, his single large black hand held palm up before his chest. It was […] the kind of bank which, if a coin is placed in the hand and a lever pressed upon the back, will raise its arm and flip the coin into the grinning mouth” (Ellison 319). Truth is that the Invisible Man did not realize the coin bank before
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