The Evolution of the Invisible Man in Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

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The Evolution of the Invisible Man in Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

In everyone's life, there are growing experiences. People evolve not only physically as they get older but also ideologically. Perhaps they might become wiser or shrug off the trendy doctrines that may have tried to shape their destiny long ago. Ralph Ellison illustrates this struggle of change in Invisible Man. The novel begins with a naïve young, black man in the South caught under the evil boot of racism. As the novel progresses, the reader sees that the ideas portrayed in the novel evolve from inherently pro-communism to anti-communism by the ending. Although appears solely as a diatribe against racism, it embodies an evolution of political thought and also
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It was a hundred-dollar bill.(Ellison 68).

This symbolizes how Norton is exploiting Trueblood. It is a protest against the exploitation of the worker which is a very communist idea. In order to almost live the experience of perhaps committing incest against his own daughter, Norton exploits Trueblood. In communist ideology, Norton would perhaps embody the evil, corrupt capitalist taking advantage of the working class.
However, Norton is not the total capitalist that he perhaps embodies. After Ivan drops him off at his rooms on the campus, Norton defends the narrator against Dr. Bledsoe's attacks. Dr. Bledsoe, however, has his own designs, and even though he may appear as a friend of the worker, Bledsoe is the true capitalist robber-baron.

But I've made my place in it and I'll have every Negro in the country hanging on tree limbs if it means staying where I am. (Ellison 141). Bledsoe states that he will not stop at anything to assert his own supremacy, even if it means stomping on his own race and setting back his people's cause for ages. He believes himself to be the manifest of all authority and considers himself supreme over everyone. Even though Bledsoe appears at first to be a servile man, he is deep inside an insidious plotter and has designs on subverting the entire establishment for his own ends. He intends to exploit his society and the common people, which is something communism is against. At

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