nvisible Man by Ralph Ellison

For each passage, discuss/analyze diction, imagery, syntax, detail, figurative language, tone, point of view, themes, symbols, characterization, and any other tools the writer uses. Discuss in particular what makes the passage representative of the author’s style or message, and what makes the passage significant to the play. Be sure that your analysis shows how the author’s style clarifies or impacts his or her purpose. Be sure to discuss a range of literary devices in your analysis!

“What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do? What a waste, what a senseless waste! But what of those things which you actually didn’t like, not because you were not supposed to like them, not because to dislike them was considered a mark of refinement and education—but because you actually found them distasteful? The very idea annoyed me. How could you know? It involved a problem of choice. I would have to weigh many things carefully before deciding and there would be some things that would cause quite a bit of trouble, simply because I had never formed a personal attitude toward so much. I had accepted the accepted attitudes and it had made life seem”

“Then in my mind’s eye I see the bronze statue of the college Founder, the cold Father symbol, his hands outstretched in the breathtaking gesture of lifting a veil that flutters in hard, metallic folds above the face of a kneeling slave; and I am standing puzzled, unable to decide whether the veil is really being lifted, or lowered more firmly in place; whether I am witnessing a revelation or a more efficient blinding”

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