“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison

Ok so I read this book a few months ago (it was for a class) and I don’t understand the hype or fascination with it.

Here’s my problem with the novel, the narrator complains about being invisible in society and has all these plans to put into motion, but instead is incredibly naive and does absolutely EVERYTHING that everyone tells him to even though most of the things are completely stupid.

And the end of the novel really irks me. The man (who remains unnamed throughout the whole novel … even though he’s trying to make his mark and become known – that still doesn’t make sense to me) says at the end that he will come back and show the world who he is and then goes down into a sewer! How can you possibly show the world who you are and what you’re made of when you’re living in a sewer? The answer, I’m pretty sure, is you can’t!

I appreciate the novel and it’s very well written, but the story just doesn’t make sense. Had the narrator been a little less naive and had actually done something at the end of the novel, I think I would have liked it a lot more.


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