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by Ralph Ellison

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The novel opens with a Prologue describing the depressed state of the narrator, who remains nameless throughout the novel. He is an invisible man, he proclaims, and has taken to living unknown underground, sucking electricity from the state of New York into his many light bulbs that he has hung in his lair. The novel is to be the story of how he came to be in this position.

As a young boy, the narrator overhears the last words of his dying grandfather, whose message lingers with him through high school. He is struck with this idea when he is asked to give his college oration to the town's most honored white men. At the fancy ballroom where he attends the occasion, he is ushered into the battle royal with the other boys hired for the…

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Posted By rafaella l #389797 at Sep 27, 2014 6:30 PM

heelp with questions about invisible man book chapter 10-20

1- Thomas marvel appears back in the coach and horses in iping. He is seen leaving with a bundle and some books . What has happened?
2-marvel has a discussion with the invisible man . What does he want to do?(the invisivle man will not hear of it)
3- marvel runs into a pub screaming . What does he want?
4-the invisible man appears at dr.kemp's house .how did he know him?what does he keepasking kemp for?
5- the next morning the invisible man begins his story to kemp .what fascinated him in college?
6-the invisible man explains that his early experiments caused his landlord to become suspicious. Explain what he had heard and why he was looking about the apartments.
7- after becoming invisible.the invisible manleaves the rantedbuilding . How does he "cover his tracks"? That is, what does he do the building

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Posted By abigail m #388558 at Sep 22, 2014 10:09 AM

Is the ending optimistic or pessimistic?

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