Gender Roles In Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man

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Literature chosen this half of the semester dating the 1920’s-1950sm are examples of American Southern Literature that illustrate the conflict between the old and new South. A time period in American history consisting of great change, spanning from the end of WWI, the great depression, national identity WWII, and the acceptance of change. During period in time conflicts took place regarding race, class and society. New ways of life and culture were replacing the old. These issues of race, class and gender roles are due to the inability of many to accept and embrace a new social order. In many of these texts read this semester involved issues of race and the way people in the South responded to this negatively. In Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man, the issue of race affects the story’s unnamed main character. The main character was invisible to the high ranking white men. The narrator’s merit was overlooked by the color of his skin. When the narrator speaks about his relation to society, the narrator recounts to what his grandfather told him that freed slaves were “told they were free, united with others of our country in everything pertaining to the common good, separate from the fingers of the hand” (Ellison 1211). Much of the violence and hatred in the South were derived from…show more content…
An example of this is when her husband Stanley throws the pack of meat at her expecting her to have dinner ready when he returns from bowling with his friends, “Meat-he heaves the package at her. She cries out in protest” (Williams 1117). In addition, Blanche displays herself as someone who needs to be with someone to support her “I don’t want realism, I want magic” (Williams 1165). It is important to understand that Blanche did not realize that she was unable to continue to live as a southern Belle, she was blind to see there was in the very different new

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