Identity And Identity In Ralph Waldo Emerson's Invisible Man

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an African American writer who believed that blacks had established their own traditions, rituals, and a history that formed a culture bringing forth a full sense of identity. Hence, in this novel, Invisible man is yet to create a great identity of his own steadily as the chapters transition along. Nonetheless, Emerson also strongly believed that black and white culture were strongly linked and both impacted and influenced each together to a great extent. He wanted to portray blacks as educated, articulate, and self aware, aside from the other stereotypes presented by black novelists. The big idea of chapter 5 is that often individuals pretend to be somebody else in terms of a positive exemplification of themselves, while in reality they are what the opposite of what you would imagine or a negative exemplification. The structure of chapter five is narrated in a story time frame. To exemplify, it starts off at the chapel, where the story of the founder is spoken about from childhood till adulthood. The serviceman expresses how Dr.Bledsoe grew up in poverty and slavery to such an intelligent person who founded and devoted the rest of his life to the college for African Americans. It is a mix of narration or storytelling coupled with other characters’ thoughts reflecting upon his authoritative figure. Dr.Bledsoe’s personality as others view it to be is: “ To us he was more than just a president of a college. He was a leader, “a statesman” who carried our
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