Analysis Of The Invisible Man By Irving Howe

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olor Symbolism In The Invisible Man
Lucinda Gainor
As described by Irving Howe in his 1952 review of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man “This novel is a soaring and exalted record of a Negro 's journey through contemporary America in search of success, companionship, and, finally, himself;”. Invisible Man paints a portrait of self-discovery through a narrator who journeys through the dialects and microaggressions of American Multiculturalism. Displaying an Alternate Universe where obvious symbolism is presented not only the audience, but the narrator as it guides him in his travel to finding who he is. Artists for years have been fascinated by the implications of the psychological theory of Automatism, it refers to personal analysis, not the judging of images in the subconscious , but the accepting of them as they come into the conscious mind so they can be analyzed. It has always been understood that the unconscious has important messages for the conscious mind, but the former always communicates through images, such as symbols and archetypes, while the latter communicates through language. Symbolism by definition is the practice or art of using a word or an object to convey an abstract idea, and many surrealist artists want their work to be a link between the abstract realities and the physical formations of the material world. This perfectly explains Ellison’s usage of linguistic technique and visual description between creating semblance of cultural and social ideals. This…
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