Explorations question #7

In class we have been tossing around a lot of issues related to Invisible Man, including -- perhaps centrally -- the problem of the unnamed narrator's lack of a clear identity. Is this invisibility of his specific to his location in the bottom part of a racial hierarchy, or is it a more general phenomenon? Can anyone be similarly invisible, or just the members of a subordinate racial or ethnic group?

In order to keep the discussion focused, choose some specific example or instance of the narrator's invisibility from the text and try to disentangle the specific from the general elements. How much of what is portrayed is specific to a particular place and time, and how much is more generally applicable?

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