Essay about Blindness in Invisible Man

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Many people wonder what it would be like if they were to be invisible; stealthily walking around, eavesdropping on conversations, and living as if nothing is of their concern. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, is centred on an unnamed fictional character who believes himself to be, indeed, invisible to the rest of the world. He is not invisible in the physical sense, but socially and intellectually. As the book develops, readers are able to experience an authentic recollection of what life is as a black man living in a white man’s world. This man wants to achieve so much, but is severely limited by the colour of his skin. This novel, which has become a classic, addresses the themes of blindness in fighting stereotypes and predestined …show more content…
Bledsoe, the college president, to become employed and presumably come back south to school - neither of which happens. In an attempt to display the surrounding area of the campus he mistakenly ends up driving Mr. Norton, a well respected man that has donated significant amounts of money to the college, into an housing area of poor black sharecroppers that had previously been slave quarters. So, Mr. Bledsoe scolds him for the incident and expresses the unexpected views, to the invisible man, to keep things the way they are so that he, Mr. Bledsoe, will remain in his powerful position. Generally, people of a certain group would encourage growth of power in society of their group. Instead of doing that however, Mr. Bledsoe says, “I’s big and black and I say ‘Yes, suh’ as loudly as any burrhead when it’s convenient, but I’m still the king down here. . . . The only ones I even pretend to please are big white folk, and even those I control more than they control me. . . . That’s my life, telling white folk how to think about the things I know about. . . . It’s a nasty deal and I don’t always like it myself. . . . But I’ve made my place in it and I’ll have every Negro in the country hanging on tree limbs by morning if it means staying where I am” (Ellison 145-146). Ultimately, this view means tearing down his own race in
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