Sunday, January 12, 2014

Invisible Man

In Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, a man struggles with discovering himself and his role in society. One of the biggest factors in the book that can be tied back to fate/destiny is race. The narrator was living in a time period where African Americans were not treated equally nor were they respected in any regard. He struggles trying to find acceptance and finding a place in society where he could fit in and feel somewhat accepted. In the Prologue, he explains why it is that he is invisible: "That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality" (3). So his invisibility was only his fault truly because he was born not white. The rest of the blame can be put on society's shoulders because they were the ones who chose not to see him and to pretend as if he never even existed. And even though they were not seeing him, he still tried his hardest to become seen. He pushed against the fate of his race to try and define himself as an individual. He first got into college and tried to get a decent job. Then he started to work for the Brotherhood and give speeches to try and get other people noticed as well. However, even with all of his efforts, he was still left alone and unseen.