A Comparison of "Invisible Man" with "The Great Migration" Introduction Ralph Ellison’s classic novel, Invisible Man, tells the story of a black man who calls himself invisible man because he feels like he does not have any place in American society because of his skin color. The struggle for identity and acceptance that the invisible man has in the book can be compared with what was actually happening in the black American community during the time the book was published in the 1950’s as well as events that came before the publication of the book. This paper will compare the struggle of the invisible man and his community with what is known as the Great Migration, which was a key event in African American history and was a precursor to...The end:
..... There are many factors that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the exodus of so many black Americans in The Great Migration. While Ellison’s Invisible Man presents a fictional account of one man’s struggle to form his own identity, several of the book’s messages and themes were also apparent in the real life civil rights struggle, and the migration of African Americans from the south to the north. The Great Migration caused a vast change in the demographic makeup of the northern cities and a mixing of the black and white races, which allowed civil rights to become highly influential nationwide and finally gave blacks an identity. Reference Ellison, R. (1995). Invisible Man. New York: Random House Publishing.