Invisibility in I, Too, Sing America Essay

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Invisibility in I, Too, Sing America

Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man, focuses around the main character
(whom we only know as 'Narrator') claiming himself as invisible. The narrator does not refer to himself as invisible in the light that nobody can physically see him, but instead that nobody sees him for what kind of person he truely is. The poem, I, Too, Sing America, written by Langston Hughes, also focuses around the invisiblity (but in more of an indirect way) of a black slave. Although the two peices seem completely different upon first view, the ideas of both are the same. Both the poem and novel relate to eachother through race and the
"invisibily"of the main characters portrayed.

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Although the narrator is dubbed a citizen, he gets abused and treated extremely unfairly.
For example, when he is made to fight other black teens in a battle royal. The fight is a pure show of disrespect and abuse to the black
'citizens' of the country. The narrator struggles to get away from second class citizenship and become a real part of America.

The poem, I, Too, Sing America, is about a black slave who is a servent to a white family. (The type of slave who lives indoors; cooking, cleaning, and doing general indoor house chores.) He/She says that whenever company comes over to the house, he is sent into the kitchen to eat (but in the eats well and "grows strong"). Tomorow, as the narrator states, nobody will ask him to eat in the kitchen, and the whites will see how beautfiul he is, and be ashamed. The book is roughly the same story; about a young black man struggling to gain an identity in a very racial, white society. The poem, seemingly about a slave eating dinner, really represents slavery and the African peoples' progress since slavery. Sending the narrator to eat in the kitchen is a sign of disrespect and failure to see past skin color.
Slavery went on for years and years, but the slaves grew strong in hope that they would one day be free (like in the poem, "And grow strong."). The next verse of the poem is about how tomorrow, noone will dare send the him into the kitchen, and that they will be ashamed and see how beautiful he is.
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