The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison ISBN: 9780679732761 Assignment: Once you have read The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, write a well-constructed five paragraph essay answering the following prompt. (500 words)
Prompt: One of the concepts in the novel is how an individual discovers his or her identity. Invisible Man claims that his “problem was that I always tried to go in everyone’s way but my own. I have also been called one thing and then another while no one really wished to hear what I called myself. So after years of trying to adopt the opinions of others I finally rebelled. I am an invisible man (Ellison 6).” By choosing to become “invisible,” does he fulfill his agenda of determining his own identity or is his invisibility yet another form and identity thrust upon him by others/society? Does IM base his identify and reality on self- reflection or is his self-perception constructed by how others see or do not see him? In what ways does Invisible Man mirror your own experience?
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison