And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone’s way but my own. I have also been called one thing and then another while no one really wished to hear what I called myself. So after years of trying to adopt the opinions of others I finally rebelled. I am an invisible man.


Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man





This section will grow in the coming week or two!

ChapterSection of NovelRead By
Prologue –The End is the BeginningTues. 9/12
Ch. 1SmokerTues. 9/19
Chapters 2-6IM at College: Norton & Trueblood; Golden Day; Barbee; BledsoeFri. 9/22
Chapters 7-9North for Dignity:  Vet; EmersonFri. 9/28
Chapters 10-11World of Work:  Liberty Paint; Brockway;Hospital ResurrectionTues. 10/3
Chapters 12-15Transitions:  Mary Rambo; Oration; Brother JackTues. 10/10
Chapters 16-24The Brotherhood: Tod Clifton; Ras the Exhorter; Tarp; Wrestrum; the “Woman Problem;” Funeral; Rinehart; The SybilTues. 10/24
Chapter 25The RiotsWed. 11/1
EpilogueThe End is the BeginningFri. 11/3


Ralph Ellison: A Quick Biography


Invisible Man Essay

Basic Directions:

Form:A formal literary analysis essay
Length3-6 MLA-formatted pages
Theoretical Frameworks:Modernism, New Criticism, Formalism, Psych Theory (choose)
ResearchCite using MLA if used
Prompt:Explore the multiple layers of meaning found in any single symbol or motif from Invisible Man and how those meanings impact the larger work (theme).
Due:Before the December break. Consider setting your own deadline earlier than Dec. 22.