Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man And O. J. : Made In America

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Race and Opportunity play a grand role connecting the novel "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison, and the documentary "O.J.: Made in America". Both stories are set within the pit of corruption held throughout the nineties, and display obvious connections between the narratives. The legacy of Orenthal James Simpson is described in this documentary by the currency of events which were occurring during his rise to fame. As for the novel, "Invisible Man", various situations during the multiple characters era coincide with the environment of the documentary and show a vast of similarities. Roles such as advancement of success, issues of segregation, and recognition of self-identity are expressed throughout both plots. During the 1960 's, O.J.…show more content…
's fame, the world around him was crumbling. The divide between white people and those of color were considerable. There were riots being held all within Los Angeles and so much conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department and black people. As told in the documentary, most white people were extremely oblivious to the happenings of innocent black people and why they protested and rioted during those years. Most of those people who were stuck in the shadows, if asked at this moment what was of the year 1968, would probably just remember the triumphs of Orenthal James Simpson. Inequality was still at its peak in history and those few black athletes who created names for themselves were expected to speak out, but O.J. 's opinion of that was to not get involved in political affiliations because his name was to be remembered for his victories and character. Likewise, in "Invisible Man" segregation was apparent and always associated with the life of the protagonist from the beginning of the novel. This is shown in the quotation:" When I got there I discovered that it was on the occasion of the smoker, and I was told that since I was to be there anyway I might as well take part in the battle royal to be fought by some of my schoolmates as part of the entertainment" (Ellison pg. 17). Humiliation and discrimination played a huge role within this event. The narrators triumph within the community being a black man who was asked to present his speech was quickly

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