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Day. Here, America’s treatment of its black war veterans is unveiled. This illustrates how America and the devices of capitalism have abandoned the worker to wither away. The men attending the Golden Day are all black veterans of World War one who most likely suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. Ellison depicts the abandonment of the worker as obvious as he uses the imagery of the veterans traveling down the road in seeming disarray. After being expelled from the college, Ivan journeys north to Harlem where he gets a job in the Liberty Paint factory. In this episode of the novel, he meets Lucius Brockway who is representative of a transitional stage of that limbo between his status in the South and to his growing involvement with the Communist party. Lucius Brockway

has basically obtained his position through loyalty and accumulated knowledge. Perhaps calling him the perfect capitalist servant would fit the presence that he exudes. “But as I was saying, caint a single doggone drop of paint move out of the factory lessens it comes through Lucius Brockway’s hands.” (Ellison 210). After somewhat learning the basics of running the boilers from Brockway, Ivan takes his lunch break and inadvertently stumbles into a union meeting. He tells Brockway of the meeting and Brockway charges at Ivan with unabashed ferocity. The fight that ensues is one-sided and entirely on Ivan’s side. He then realizes that he has become somewhat of an agitator and this begins his spiral towards involvement in the communist party. Ivan’s involvement with the

communist party extends to making speeches and whipping the masses into a hysterical frenzy. His involvement is somewhat shaky and the other party members always seem to have a nagging suspicion of him. This suspicion boils to a head when Tod Clifton is gunned down by the police. Ivan is called upon to deliver the funeral oration and in concurrence with the eulogy, the party erects a massive campaign to bring attention to Clifton’s death. In a side street children with warped tricycles were parading along the walk carrying one of the signs, BROTHER TOD CLIFTON, OUR HOPE SHOT DOWN. (Ellison 450). At Tod Clifton’s funeral, Ivan is at the height of his involvement with the communist party. However, this is short-lived and eventually, the other members begin to doubt his faith in

the party even more. The other party members, most notably Brother Jack, chastise him for delivering such an inflammatory speech. Here, Ivan realizes that the Brotherhood has basically made him a slave by not letting him express his own thoughts. “That’s right, I was hired. Things have been so brotherly I had forgotten my place. But what if I wish to express an idea?” (Ellison 459). The narrator begins to see how he was tricked and deceived by everyone in his life. Perhaps this realization becomes the epiphany moment where Ivan begins to see through the veil and slightly around it. After the riot, Ivan is basically driven underground. The epiphany also manifests itself as he sees the fallacy of communism as manifested by itself. He realizes that the Brotherhood made him

their slave but he didn’t know it due to the veil. As the veil is lifted he is no longer the slave. Even though the veil of the illusion of the Brotherhood has been lifted, a different one is in place as he believes that robbing the power company is a noble cause. The novel concludes with the evolution complete and the narrator reaches his own epiphany moment and after the book completes its own evolution. The veil placed by society over Ivan’s eyes still exists albeit in a different form. Invisible Man not only embodies elements of a novel railing against racism, but also represents a progression of political thought from pro-communism to anti-communism. Invisible Man represents the experience in the human condition of growing old not only with one’s self but with one’s

ideas. This universal concept is one of many which makes Invisible Man such an integral part of the human condition and makes it still relevant even to the social climate of today. 34b