Rhetorical Analysis Of ' I Am An Invisible Man '

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In the world today, there are many social issues that we deal with and one prone to the United States is racial division, which as controversial as it has been over the years it is still a concern in 2016. Being an African American man, I understood the concept of the theme, but as I read the book I was able to identify with the statement “I am an invisible man”(3).
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.(2)” In my opinion this statement embodies the meaning of invisibility. At first the narrator believed that he had to be what everyone wanted him to do, not understanding that he needed to be himself. Here was this young man full of enthusiasm, naïve to the world around him and full of hope that he was different. The narrator, so blinded by his invisibility he allows his (current) situations to determine how he acts, what he places value on and his expectations on life, instead of developing his own identity. Here he was a young college student entrusted with a task to give a tour of his school to a high profile associate of the school but instead experiences what I call a spiral of events that prompts a rebirth in the narrator. To me, invisibility thrives on a lack of education. Being an African American in the early 1940’s must have been hard given the rise of organizations such as the Brotherhood, but this was yet another example of an ideology, not welcoming the whole diverse world, whites, blacks and even American Indians.
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