Opportunity and Rebirth in “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison Essay

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As the story of the “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison continues the theme changes from invisibility to opportunity and rebirth. It is in the chapters 7-14 that the theme of the book takes an unexpected turn. The once invisible man who desired to be seen for he was rather than by the stereotypes given to him was now a new man. By using real life scenarios and detail the author conveys his message of how invisibility was defeated by one’s aspirations to be greater.
As we already know the narrator has been expelled from school and is now in Harlem. Having been in a terrible accident while working at Liberty Paints, the author is blown away and knocked unconscious. As he awakes he remembers nothing of his past. In a sense the narrator is
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The stereotypes that the black man is a criminal made him metaphorically invisible. Now he realizes that he has to take action. An example of the narrator taking action was when he witnesses the Provos, a black family being evicted from their home. Furniture and books and clothing are thrown onto the street. The eldest of the family begs the agent to let her pray but, he blocks her path. This ignites something in the narrator. He begins to talk. This is a pinnacle of the story. When he speaks he is “seen”, the angry crowd of people turn and listen to what he says.
He felt pity towards the elderly woman because it reminded him of his mother. But also because she was black. It’s this very action that makes me believe that the narrator follows Booker T. Washington’s ideology. Booker T. Washington was considered foolish by many for his beliefs, a trait that is very similar to the narrator’s. During the first chapter the narrator gives a speech with Booker T. Washington’s ideology stating that he wants social responsibility. Booker T. Washington’s main idea was that blacks can have economic equality. They just give up because of the few obstacles they face. However when these obstacles are beaten they achieve “success”.
When the narrator is introduced to Brother Jack and the brotherhood, I interpret it as fate. He always wanted to be heard. Instead he was ignored and condemned for his beliefs. But now someone takes in