"Who the hell am I?" (Ellison 386) This question puzzled the invisible man, the
unidentified, anonymous narrator of Ralph Ellison's acclaimed novel Invisible Man.
Throughout the story, the narrator embarks on a mental and physical journey to seek
what the narrator believes is "true identity," a belief quite mistaken, for he, although
unaware of it, had already been inhabiting true identities all along.
The narrator's life is filled with constant eruptions of mental traumas. The biggest
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to the beholder and not the identified.
Without people around, a person will not have an identity and there will be no need for
one. That is the whole reasoning behind identity.
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Ellison, Ralph (1994). Invisible Man. (Library Ed.). New York: Random House, Inc.
Griffon, John Howard (1996). Black Like Me. (35th Anniversary Ed.). New York:
Penguin Books USA Inc.