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ch.5) this reinforces the theme of blacks? not being truly free. While in New York he ate with the white people, but he felt at the same time, that he was unseen among them. As the novel goes further on the narrator show how white society differs in the North than in the South. Chapter 9 is important due to the fact that narrator explores life on his own by taking a bus ride to Harlem. He has a sense of self worth and feels that he will be successful in the city. When at an interview with a man by the name of Mr. Emerson he finds out that the seven letters that he receive from Dr. Bledsoe were letters to push him aside. It seems that the seven letters represent the seven deadly sins that will haunt him and make him realize what his grandfather meant by ?keep this nigger-boy

running? (33; ch. 1). This scene is the changing point from when he was a person to when he started metamorphosing into the Invisible Man. He then moves on to work at a paint company, and while working their he?s helping mix paint. While mixing the paint it?s insinuated that white is the purest form, Ellison is trying to point out the pure white facade that we put on our entire society. In the quotes ?White! It?s the purest white that can be found. Nobody makes a paint any whiter. This batch right here is heading for a national monument!? (202; ch. 10). This seems to symbolize how America searched to cover its true self with the purest white it could find, and ignore the black that was so much part of America as well. Doing this time was when a lot of blacks felt that ?If you?re

white, you?re right? (218; ch. 10) this belief still persists in American society today. It was a belief that in the black culture that you were black get back, you were brown you would stick around, and yellow (refers to fair skin blacks) you could advance. The Invisible Man seems to face these things when he sees a billboard advertising how to lighten your skin. He seems to recognize at that point in time Dr. Bledsoe?s disingenuousness and rejection of his past, and while eating yams he confirms his own identity and heritage. The narrator seems to try and stress the point how some blacks try to distance themselves from their culture to assimilate into the majority. This was true in the 1940?s when blacks conked the hair in hopes of making it straight as whites. We are soon

introduce to the Brotherhood, that apparently works for the rights of minorities and other repressed people. The Brotherhood?s philosophy seems to differ from that of the Invisible Man. When the guy Brother Jack offered him a job as a speaker for grievances he decline the position.. It seems that his view was different than some others. It seems that the had good intentions, but it had a communistic view. This part seems to relate to the author on a personal level because he was a part of the Communist Party for a short term. It is later noted that he takes the job, but is skeptical of its members. The views of the narrator referring to the Communist Party with the Brotherhood shows the view of how some blacks felt that the Communist party was a true party for blacks. This part

of the book shows how desperate he is for work/money that he?s willing to take any job that is available. We?re also introduce to Ras the Exhorter a Black Nationalist. Ras is trying to make the Invisible Man the hardships African Americans faced in the past and what they still are going through. Ras is part of the book that?s letting the Invisible Man that he must know his past before he can know his future. He would realize that Ras was not the man the Brotherhood had made him to be, but he?ll see to late. A turning point for the Invisible Man change is foreshadowed by the link of the chain given to him by Brother Tarp. The letter that he receive was a reminder of what his grandfather stated in the first chapter on his deathbed. That in order for him to keep his sanity he will

have to keep on moving. The thing that bother a lot of people when this book was first published was the chapter where the Invisible Man had a sexual encounter with a white woman. It is shown how the white woman was suppose to be the epitome of beauty. In reading you can see that the Invisible Man was tempted by the white woman, and resented the feelings that he thought he shouldn?t have. This is true through the line ?I went to her, thinking, Let them break down the door, whosoever will, let them come? (416; ch. 19). Ellison explained how in that era black men who had a white woman were considered affluent. In chapter 20 there were several instances that makes this such a significant chapter first the Invisible Man undergoes several changes. The chapter opens up with the