The Harlem Renaissance And Its Impact On Ralph Ellison 's Book The Invisible Man Essay

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Cheryl D. Michel
February 18. 2015

The Harlem Renaissance and its impact on Ralph Ellison’s book The Invisible Man.

This paper will illustrate how the Harlem Renaissance assisted the African-American intellectual community to gain acceptance in mainstream America and prompted the writing of the book The Invisible Man, written by Ralph Ellison. Throughout this paper, I will examine the social context and climate of Ellison’s work. This paper will focus on the experience of a young African American man who claims to be invisible. However, the young man argues that his invisibility is not due to his wish but arises from society’s failure to notice him. This young man who is also educated captures his frustrations and struggles in order to survive in a predominantly racist society. Additionally, this paper will illustrate how the Harlem Renaissance afforded African-American artists like Ellison to provide an extraordinary opportunity for the African- American community to recall their experiences in a not so embracing America where deeply entrenched racism had been woven into the fabric of American society (Callahan, 2004).
The Harlem Renaissance was regarded as a blossoming of African -American culture particularly in the genre of creative art and one of the most influential movement in African- American literary history. While the Harlem Renaissance embraced musical, theatrical, literary and visual arts, the participants within the movementsought to re-conceptualize

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