Analytical Book Review: Invisible Man

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Analytical Book Review: Invisible Man The novel I chose to read for my analytical book review is the Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. The novel was first published in 1952. It contains 580 pages and the ISBN is 978-0-679-60139-5. The general subject matter of the book is race and social issues surrounding African Americans in the 1920-1930’s. The narrator who is never named, feels invisible in a society that was not built for him. Overall, the books speaks to how the oppressed can find individuality in their situations and not become victim to what society says they have to be. I think the author Ralph Ellison wrote this novel to bring awareness to how American society treated its African American citizens. The narrator refers to himself as an “Invisible Man”, this is figuratively to others refusal to see him. Another reason I think the novel was written is to express that people don’t have to play the hand that is given to them. We all make our decisions individually and as individuals we are in control of how we see ourselves. The book contains many metaphors and themes. All of these explore race, social issues and how African Americans are treated or at times used. The theme of Invisible Man is finding one’s identity in a society that already has ideas about who you are. Race is a huge theme in the book. The narrator is placed in many situations concerning race. It is how he deals with these scenarios that will ultimately help him find his identity as an individual. Another theme are the struggles he faces when being placed in these different experiences. With each experience the narrator become more and more enlightened about his role in society. He joins a Brotherhood only to find that he and other African American members are being used to push an agenda. The agenda is based on how people think they should act in…...

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