Invisible Man Essay: Tone and Language

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Tone and Language in Invisible Man

There are not many novels that can produce such a feeling of both sorrow and jubilation for a character as Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. There is such a wide range of emotions produced by the novel that it is impossible not to feel both ways. Invisible Man is a wonderfully well written novel about an African American living in pre civil rights America. The novel is an excellent example of a bildungsroman, a character finding himself as the story progresses. The narrator (invisible man) starts off a naive college student and ends with the young man realizing that his world has become that of "infinite possibilities." Ellison's writing techniques include that of visual imagery, irony,
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This is one of the instances that tone has a tendency to cause emotions for the reader, as the character finds out critical facts about his life. However, Ellison was careful in creating lthe tone for the book. He has adopted the sort of tone that will appeal to all readers, not just blacks. Without it, "he would have failed to establish a true middle-of-consciousness for everyone" (Bellow). Ellison wrote the book in a language that we can all speak and recognize.

Ellison uses language to show the many different bypes of people in his novel. He does an excellent job in using language to portray different types of people in different environments in the book. Ellison uses colloquial language throughout the book, which makes it simple for all kinds of readers to understand. Therefore, the book appeals to many more people. In addition to this, he uses different types of language for different types of people. He is very meticulous in making sure he had his characters speaking in the correct verse, especially in the blacks. "His ear for Negro speech is magnificent," (Howe) as different black characters in the book speak in different ways. In the south, Trueblood speaks the kind of uneducated southern tounge that an African American is his position would speak. However, in the same area, the well educated college blacks speak more proper English. A thousand miles away, "a Harlem street-vender [spins] jive" (Howe). Ellison has apparently known or

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