Tension And Competition In Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man

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Humanity’s crux and advantage is the need to be seen by others. The human race is constantly improving and trying one-upping each other causing us to evolve-discover new things-at a fast pace; but this need also causes tension and competition to be the ‘most seen’ which leads to wars and mistrust. The Invisible Man’s narrator is only human and so he feels this same desire to be seen but to a somewhat more visceral degree, as he has been told from a young age that life would be easier if he simply ignores that base instinct- and despite getting multiple examples of why his grandfather’s words are true the narrator continues on his plight to be noticed by society. The narrator is naive in his belief that being remembered is an easy task, simply

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