Faceless – Invisible Man

via Daily Prompt: Faceless

via Daily Prompt: Invisible

As a high school student taking an accelerated English class, it would be recommended, if not required, to read. A lot. Sometimes plays written in a language of the 16th century might get dull and monotonous, or sometimes even too overdramatic. But there are novels that make you think and feel.

One of my AP Literatuassignmentsnts during the school year was to read “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison about the lives of African Americans in 1950s. Anyone can look up a summary online and even spark note the chapters to get a little into depth, but it is the details that get you. I also used to search up for the analysis of sections of books, most of the time because I was out of time. But then you are discussing the read parts and you are simply missing out.

So here I am to give you one of the best examples of a novel that brings up issues of racism, refusal to listen to others and change.

The main character of the book is a nameless narrator (1), who is referred to as invisible by multiple characters. His invisibility is not a physical condition, but a social one. Right from the beginning, the characters let his word pass by them until the “equality” is mentioned in his speeches (2), after what he is told to not ever comment on it again. Throughout the story, the narrator becomes a professional speech giver (3), which is ironic since he is “invisible” to others. People at school, at work, are trying to change him and make him fit their criteria of a “perfectly suitable” for the society, which does not care about individuals, only about the stereotypical activists. Nothing ever ends well, even the hope in light and freedom is fading (read to see what I am referring to).

If nothing about what I wrote above makes sense, please read the novel, I highly recommend it, especially to high school students. Not only it is eye-opening, but also helps with text analysis, like the search for symbolism and theme statement.

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